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Help Prevent Diabetes, July 2018

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Did you know that according to the American Diabetes Association, “the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2017 is $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity?”  And that 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes in the USA? 

Prediabetes is when an individual’s blood glucose (sugar) level is elevated more than normal, yet not high enough for it to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.  This precursor can lead to diabetes.  The population of adults aged 65 years and older with prediabetes is now over 23 million. To view the National Diabetes Statistics report click now.

July is a great month to focus on educating patients on how they can begin making strides to implement necessary lifestyle changes in order to prevent the onset of diabetes.  Physicians can initiate dialogue with their prediabetes patients on recommended lifestyle changes such as:

  • Getting physically active (150 minutes per week recommended)
  • Managing body weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Incorporating healthier foods/meals into daily regimen

The Physician Alliance and the practice resource team are partnering with physician practices to bring awareness to prediabetic and diabetic patients on how to implement positive changes and address barriers that may impact actions.

Diabetes depends on individual self-care.  With this in mind, The Physician Alliance created self-management forms along with action plans to help diabetic patients monitor their daily activities and commit to following recommended steps.

Physicians and their practice staffs can download these forms to hand out to patients by clicking here

Getting a head start educating patients to implement healthier activities to be proactive in preventing diabetes can help lead to less healthcare dollars spent on this disease in the long run. Download the Staggering Costs of diabetes PDF.

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Sources: American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control

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