Leading Health Organizations to Take Urgent Action to Prevent Diabetes in STAT Initiative
Experts agree that diabetes is a crisis that’s only escalating, and there’s just one way to end the diabetes epidemic: We must identify people who have the disease early on–when the disease is in the prediabetes stage–so that we can stop the progression to diabetes when it’s still reversible.
There’s no doubt, diabetes and prediabetes are serious conditions that can lead to other debilitating conditions.
“It’s not only taking a physical and emotional toll on people living with prediabetes but it also takes an economic toll on our country,” said American Medical Association (AMA) President Robert M. Wah, MD, at a teleconference on March 12. “More than $245 billion each in healthcare spending and reduced productivity is directly linked to diabetes.”
The AMA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are launching the Prevent Diabetes STAT multi-year initiative, which stands for Screen, Test, Act – Today. The initiative calls on physicians and other health care providers to reach and treat more people with prediabetes.
PreDiabetes Centers recognized the seriousness of diabetes (and prediabetes) several years ago, and that’s why our medical team developed a solution for prediabetics that can help stop the development of diabetes.
PreDiabetes Centers offers free diabetes screening to the public. The screening looks at several biomarkers that are related to diabetes including fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, insulin, HOMA-IR, and cholesterol. The free screening identifies people with prediabetes, and our Centers offer flexible treatment plans for people who need health coaching, nutritional guidance, exercise counsel and physician-directed treatment for underlying metabolic disorders.
Here are some statistics to consider:
- More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes, but 9 out 10 are unaware of their condition because the disease develops so gradually, it’s easy to ignore.
- 15% to 30% of overweight people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years without diet- and exercise-related weight loss.
Get screened for prediabetes at one of our Centers today!