Monday, December 28, 2015

Diabetes Prevention in 2015

2015 was an important year in the world of diabetes prevention. New epidemiological data has shown the large impact of diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. and Colorado, and how much more work needs to be done to effectively screen for both diseases:

New studies from 2015 underscored the severe, long-term consequences of diabetes, most notably that:

New research in 2015 supported lifestyle change interventions in the prevention of diabetes:
  • 15 year follow-up data from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Research Group showed that intensive lifestyle modification for people with prediabetes (5-7% body weight loss and 150 minutes of exercise per week) reduced the 15 year incidence of diabetes by 27%.
  • Meta-analysis data from the Community Preventative Services Task Force showed that combined diet and physical activity promotion programs were effective at decreasing diabetes incidence, and more intensive programs were more effective.
  • The American Heart Association found that lifestyle interventions were especially effective at preventing cardiovascular disease in women with diabetes.

In 2015, new diabetes screening recommendations and tools for providers and employers were released:

2015 was also an important year for the National DPP in Colorado. CDPHE launched a new website for the National DPP and created a National DPP Speakers Bureau designed to provide organizations with informative presentations that focus on raising awareness about prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and the National DPP. There are now over 25 National DPP locations in Colorado.

Looking forward to 2016, there is still much work to be done in preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Visit our website for more information about the National DPP in Colorado and how to become involved in this effort.

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