Diabetes Resources for Physicans

Resources for Physicians



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Proven Diabetes Prevention with the National Diabetes Prevention Program

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CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs have been proven to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Why should you be the one to refer patients?

The Program is Evidence based   

The diabetes prevention program is a lifestyle intervention based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health that showed, among those with prediabetes, a 58 percent reduction in the number of new cases of diabetesoverall, and a 71 percent reduction in new cases for those over age 60.

These results were achieved through reducing calories, increasing physical activity, and a weight loss of just 5 to7 percent of body weight------10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.*

Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes, the Community Preventive Services TaskForce (thecommunityguide.org) now recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs like theNational DPP, for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The NDPP has been based on over 15 years of research, access an overview of the evidence here 


Your patients listen to you.  
Research shows that patients are more likely to engage in preventive health behaviors when their health care professional recommends them. 

Referring patients to a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program is a recommended practice.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal panel of public health and prevention experts, recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs—like CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs—for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. Read the recommendation.

The program is widely available and may be a covered benefit for your patients. 

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are available in health care clinics, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, pharmacies, wellness centers, worksites, cooperative extension offices, university-based continuing education programs, and other places throughout the community. Patients can also choose an online program.

Many employers and insurers offer the lifestyle change program as a covered benefit. Patients should check with their insurer or employer to see if the program is covered.

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Prevent Diabetes STAT       

The American Medical Association (AMA) and CDC teamed up to provide a suite of tools to help you with screening for prediabetes and referring patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.

These tools are part of the Prevent Diabetes STAT – Screen, Test, Act Today™ initiative, designed to raise diabetes awareness and increase participation in lifestyle change programs. They also are available in the Preventing Type 2 Diabetes downloadable toolkit[PDF - 1MB] .


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Diabetes Self Management Education and Support Services


Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSME/DSMS) provide the evidence-based foundation needed for diabetic patients to navigate the multitude of daily care decisions necessary for their long term well-being.  DSME/S is reported to reduce A1C by as much as 1% in people with Type 2 diabetes and has been shown to be cost effective by lowering the risk for diabetes-related complications and reducing hospital admissions and readmissions. Despite this evidence, only 6.8% of individuals with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes with private health insurance receive DSME/S within 12 months of diagnosis, and only 4% of Medicare participants received DSME and/or medical nutrition therapy.

The American Association of Diabetic Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have identified four “critical time points” for DSME/S referrals in the care of someone with diabetes.

At the initial diagnosis of diabetes;
On an annual basis to maintain continuous education and prevent diabetes-related complications;
When new complications that could influence self-management or treatment plans occur; and
During transitions of care.

These critical points suggest the time at which a DSME/S intervention will be the most effective.


Consequently, healthcare providers must have resources and a systematic referral process to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes receive both DSME and DSMS in a consistent manner. The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness is committed, as you are, to provide quality resources for DSME/S to all in the community. We offer DSME classes monthly, using an AADE accredited curriculum, which includes care coordination and follow-up with both the participant and their physician’s office. We strive to offer group based DSME that is still individualized to the patient’s needs.  These resources are free of charge and open to Jefferson County residents.  We welcome and encourage referrals from our area physicians.

Please call 502-574-6663 for more information on how to enroll your patients in our classes. 

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