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Chicago, Ill. — The AMA and the CDC have joined forces to reach more of the 86 million Americans now living with pre-diabetes and have put together a program tagged “Prevent Diabetes STAT.”
Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been working to prevent the disease, but now they have put together a program they hope will reach more people.
Right now one in three Americans can expect to develop this deadly and debilitating killer, and with this new program they hope to stop its progression before it goes from pre=diabetes to the Type 2 stage.
STAT stands for “Screen, Test, Act Today.” Medical spokesmen are hoping to involve employers, insurers and members of the community in this program.
According to CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation director Dr. Ann Albright, 15 to 30 percent of the people with pre-diabetes who are overweight will develop Type 2 unless they lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity.
An online screening tool for patients is available HERE.
A tool kit for doctors is also available HERE.
Since 2013 the YMCA of the USA has been participating in and offering diabetes prevention programs to the public. This was initiated by the AMA.
When it comes right down to it, the American health care system cannot sustain an ever increasing patient load and evidence has shown that lifestyle changes will help prevent or delay new cases.