Health Professionals – FAQ
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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