Health Care Providers

The right care can slow or stop the progression of prediabetes, prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, and avert or delay complications from living with diabetes. CDC resources can support your efforts to screen, test, and refer people to type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management programs and services.

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

One in 3 American adults has prediabetes, but 9 out of 10 don’t know they have it. Health care providers of all types play a critical role in screening, testing, and referring patients to type 2 diabetes prevention programs. CDC-recognized organizations that are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) can help your patients slow or even reverse the progression of prediabetes and delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Additional Toolkits and Resources

Health Care Provider Diabetes Prevention Toolkitexternal icon
This American Medical Association (AMA) website has a comprehensive assessment and guided process to support health care organizations in implementing a diabetes prevention strategy, including a National DPP lifestyle change program.

Diabetes Management

Health care providers and teams are essential in helping people with diabetes to manage their disease and live well with diabetes.

Guiding Principles for the Care of People With Diabetes or at Risk for Type 2 Diabetesexternal icon
These principles identify and synthesize areas of agreement among existing guidelines to help guide health care teams in delivering quality care to adults with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes (updated August 2018).

Team-based Health Care

Team-based health care can help people with diabetes prevent or manage complications and improve their quality of life. At every health care visit, primary care providers and all members of a patient’s health care team can encourage them to take their medicines and get regular care for their eyes, ears, feet, and teeth. As health care providers, we can all help reduce confusion and provide better care to people with diabetes if we all share the same messages.

The 5 Actions for Health Care Teams series offers action steps and key messages for all providers:

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Services

People with diabetes spend most of their time outside the clinical setting, away from their health care team. Living successfully with diabetes means developing the skills to self-manage their condition in the places where they live, work, and play. One way to help is to refer them to or offer DSMES services. These services lead to better patient outcomes: lower A1C levels, fewer diabetes complications, and lower out-of-pocket costs.

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Page last reviewed: January 15, 2020