Diabetes Prevention Information for Providers

Tools and resources to help healthcare providers treat patients with prediabetes.

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Screen. Test. Act Today.TM Prevent Diabetes STAT

About 1 in every 3 adult Americans has prediabetes. For adults aged 65 years and older 1 in every 2 has prediabetes. In Massachusetts, there may be as many as 1.8 million adults who have prediabetes. Prediabetes can be diagnosed and patients need to know before it’s too late! Visit the CDC and AMA’s STAT website for an in-depth look into how you can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Download the complete STAT Toolkit.

Screen

Providers can screen their patients for prediabetes. There are a number of resources as part of the Prevent Diabetes STAT site to help you integrate screening into your practice. Here are a couple items to get started.

Test

Test patients for prediabetes using one of three blood tests. Based on those tests, inform the patient of their diagnosis and what they can do. Here are a few helpful algorithms to get started:

Also, please note that the ICD-10 (R73.03) code now allows you to diagnose prediabetes, making it easier to identify patients and intervene.

Act Today

Refer patients with prediabetes to a Diabetes Prevention Program, which is designed to help participants reduce calories and increase physical activity. Check out the Programs in Massachusetts page for a full list of locations and contact information.

The evidence-based model has shown that, by losing just five to seven percent of body weight, a person can reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 58%. The yearlong program is led by a trained lifestyle coach and takes one year to complete. The first six months they will meet once a week to get started. Then for the next six months they meet one time each month to stay on track. Some insurance companies will cover the fee, which ranges from $400-$500.Participants will need to contact their insurance company to find out or contact the DPP provider directly to see if they qualify for reduced fees based on income.

Resources for Providers

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