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New Program Reduces Diabetes Risk by More Than Half

New Program Reduces Diabetes Risk by More Than Half
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By    |   Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:02 AM

Almost half of Americans 65 and older have prediabetes which puts them at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke according to the American Association of Diabetes Researchers. But the problem is that this condition often goes undetected.

Now, HealthDay news reports that Medicare will offer a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program similar to the program initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new program has been shown to reduce diabetes risk by 58 percent overall and in people over 60, that risk was reduced to a whopping 71 percent, according to the diabetes educators' group.

The program consists of at least 16 intensive "core" sessions of a CDC-approved curriculum that includes education on long-term dietary changes, increased physical activity, and strategies for weight control, reports the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

To qualify, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part B. Other requirements include:

  • A body mass index or BMI of at least 25 which is considered overweight.
  • An abnormal blood sugar level within 12 months of the first core session. Your doctor can order tests to measure this level.
  • No previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • No end-stage kidney disease.

About 30 million Americans have type 2 Diabetes which leads to two deaths every five minutes in this country.

Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York says this is "welcome news."

"Treating prediabetes is better than treating diabetes. The CDC's diabetes prevention program has been very successful, but we don't always have enough referrals to the program." he says. "Primary care physicians need to know this is a tremendous opportunity to help other patients with diabetes."

The move was likely based on the success of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program that showed a savings of $2,650 per participant over a 15 month period which more than paid for the program itself, according to USA Today.

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