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Help Patients Prevent Diabetes

One-third of your patients over age 18, and half over age 65, likely have prediabetes. Nearly 90% of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

Progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes can take as little as 5 years, but it doesn’t have to be a sure thing.

What You Can Do

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Screen and test at-risk patients for prediabetes and refer them to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program if they have prediabetes.

To help your patients prevent or delay type 2 diabetes: 

  • Screen and test them for prediabetes if they are at risk; and 
  • Refer them to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program if they have prediabetes.

CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs are year-long interventions that help participants to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily routine, and improving coping skills.

The programs are part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program—or National DPP—a partnership between public and private sectors to fight the growing problem of prediabetes and reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes. 

To learn more about CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs to prevent type 2 diabetes, visit Research-Based Prevention Program and Lifestyle Change Program Details

To learn more about the National DPP, go to What Is the National DPP?