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Diabetes Prevention - Keeping our Eyes on the Prize

Originally presented on June 17, 2010

Ann Albright, PhD, RD
Director, Division of Diabetes Translation
Centers for Disease Control

Dr. Kaushal Nanavati
Primary Care Physician
Baldwinsville Medical Associates

Diabetes prevention is possible, powerful, and proven!  The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) demonstrated that lifestyle modifications that achieve and maintain modest weight loss in adults at risk for type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk of developing the disease by 58 percent.

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have pre-diabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  In the United States there are 57 million people with pre-diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are 5-15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone without the condition and are also at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and eye disease.

This program will highlight the results of the DPP landmark study; describe national efforts to translate the results of the study into community settings; explain the risk factors for type 2 diabetes; discuss the role of primary care clinicians in identifying and referring patients with pre-diabetes into community programs; and describe successful statewide initiatives for diabetes prevention.

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe real-world lifestyle interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Understand the role of community involvement in diabetes prevention
  • Describe strategies to prevent type 2 diabetes through the lifespan