Testimonials from Health Care Professionals
Health care professionals across the United States agree: CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs work! They can help patients improve health and well-being, while reducing risk of type 2 diabetes.
Alicia Appel, MD, Denver Health, Denver CO
This program is worth it because it helps you avoid many of the health issues caused by type 2 diabetes. It will help you save money. It’s worth all of the time you’ll spend in the program, because you can’t put a price on being healthy and not having a chronic disease.
My patients get inspired when I talk about the importance of the program. I tell them that preventing diabetes is easier than treating it. This program helps address other problems they have. When they lose weight, their arthritis and back pain improve. The whole Family benefits when the person who prepares the meals knows how to make healthy choices.
I’ve seen my patients lose weight, lower their blood sugar, and some have even reversed prediabetes. The more they participate in the program, and the more classes they attend, the more success they have.
My patients learn a lot from this program. Many people simply don’t have the information they need to prevent diabetes. And it’s not just knowledge; it’s knowing how to use that information to make changes. It’s knowing how to read nutrition labels. It’s preparing healthy meals. It’s adding exercise into your daily routine. It’s a combination of many things.
Studies show that diabetes prevention programs are more effective than medicine. And these programs offer benefits beyond just preventing diabetes. Improving your diet and exercising more helps you lose weight, prevent heart disease, improve your mental health, and strengthen your bones. And you can maintain these changes long term. It’s much more practical than taking medicine forever.
It’s important to prevent diabetes because it causes a lot of complications. It’s easier to prevent it than treat it, because there are many medicines and costs associated with treating diabetes.
Jeanine Rosner, Registered Nurse, Park Nicollet Primary Care Practice
“Most times we think we have to shoulder all of the work and the resources around taking care of our patients and making sure they stay healthy, but this partnership with the community… really does expand our care team.”
Irene Snow, MD, Buffalo, NY
“What I would say to other colleagues… is that we saw our patients not only actively participate but be successful in the outcomes we were looking for.”
Miguel Fana, MD, Fana Medical Group
“Send your patients for this program, have flyers all over your office. Tell your staff to tell every single patient. Print a list of everybody that has prediabetes. If 30% or 40% of those people attend this program, it’s going to change their life.”
Michael Rosenthal, MD, Family Physician, Wilmington, DE
“We think that the medicines and the advice we give should do it, and we sometimes don’t realize the strength that could be out there with others, like community organizations. I can order a lab, or an X-ray, or even a drug… it shouldn’t be that much harder to order a referral to [a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program] for my patient who’s got prediabetes.”
Meghan Buhler, MD, Family Physician, Venice, FL
“[A patient] told me last week, ‘Thank you; [the program] is really enjoyable, and I’m glad you sent me there.’”
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