Health Professionals – FAQ

3 reasons:

  1. Your patients listen to you. Research shows that patients are more likely to engage in management/preventive health behaviors when their health care professional recommends them.
  2. Referring patients to a diabetes prevention or management program is a recommended practice. The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of public health and prevention experts, recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs—like CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs—for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. Read the recommendation.
  3. The program is widely available and may be a covered benefit for your patients. Many insurers offer lifestyle change programs as a covered benefit.

In addition to benefiting your patients, referring them to a diabetes prevention or management program can help your practice address regulatory requirements and meet state licensing and board recertification requirements.

Meet Requirements Through Referrals

 Female HCP with male patient in gown   Many of the prediabetes tools mentioned on the CDC Diabetes Prevention site are linked with Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME). Read more about the Prediabetes PI CME from the American Medical Association (AMA).  

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are based on years of research showing that a year-long, structured lifestyle change intervention reduced the incidence of diabetes by 58% among adults with prediabetes and by 71% among those aged 60 years or older. The same study showed a 31% reduction with metformin compared with placebo. The researchers concluded that the lifestyle intervention was significantly more effective than metformin.

And the results last. Even after 10 years, people who completed a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program had a 34% lower rate of type 2 diabetes.

Participating in a program to lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention:

To be eligible for referral to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, patients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old and
  • Be overweight (body mass index ≥24; ≥22 if Asian) and
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
  • Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes

Prediabetes can be diagnosed via oral glucose tolerance tests, fasting blood glucose tests, or an A1C test.


Sugar Burn - Diabetes Management:

  • Patients must be over 18 years old and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes