Division of Diabetes Translation At A Glance
What We Do
With an FY 2018 budget of $180.9 million, CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) focuses on preventing type 2 diabetes, reducing diabetes complications and disability, and reducing diabetes-related disparities, which are differences in health across different geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To meet these goals, DDT works to:
Measure how diabetes and its complications affect populations in the United States.
Study interventions to find out what works best to prevent type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications.
Fund and help guide states, territories, cities, and tribes to use proven interventions.
Share information to help all Americans understand and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications.
Why We Do It
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and another 84 million US adults have prediabetes, a serious health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. A person with prediabetes is at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. A person with diabetes is at high risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of a toe, foot, or leg. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight.
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See the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion infographic to find out more about the center’s work to prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- Page last reviewed: September 25, 2018
- Page last updated: September 25, 2018
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