New AMA, CDC Initiative Aims to “Prevent Diabetes STAT”

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With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action toPrevent Diabetes STATand are urging others to join in this critical effort.

Prevent DiabetesSTAT:Screen,Test,Act Today, is a multi-year initiative that expands on the robust work each organization has already begun to reach more Americans with prediabetes and stop the progression to type 2 diabetes, one of the nations most debilitating chronic diseases. Through this initiative, the AMA and CDC are sounding an alarm and shining a light on prediabetes as a critical and serious medical condition.

Its time that the nation comes together to take immediate action to help prevent diabetes before it starts, said AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D. Type 2 diabetes is one of our nations leading causes of suffering and deathwith one out of three people at risk of developing the disease in their lifetime. To address and reverse this alarming national trend, America needs frontline physicians and other health care professionals as well as key stakeholders such as employers, insurers, and community organizations to mobilize and create stronger linkages between the care delivery system, our communities, and the patients we serve.

The time to act is now. We need a national, concerted effort to prevent additional cases of type 2 diabetes in our nation and we need it now, said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director ofCDCs Division of Diabetes Translation. We have the scientific evidence and weve built the infrastructure to do something about it, but far too few people know they have prediabetes and that they can take action to prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes.

People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels but not high enough yet to be considered type 2 diabetes. Research shows that 15 percent to 30 percent of overweight people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years unless they lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity.

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