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Diabetes and Prediabetes are global public health burdens. In the United States more than 29 million Americans have Diabetes. But 86 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, have prediabetes, according to CDC. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.  But prediabetes can often be reversed by having individuals engage in lifestyle change programs that can delay or prevent type-2 diabetes. Our member physicians are dedicated to the prevention and control of diabetes through clinical practice, administration, advocacy, teaching, research and much more. Below is a quick summary of ACPM’s efforts in addressing the burden of prediabetes in the United States.

Policy Initiatives

ACPM Advisory Council Submits Recommendations on Proposed Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

ACPM Applauds CMS' Support of the Diabetes Prevention Program

Program Initiatives

1.  Screening, Testing and Referral to a Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention

ACPM has received a grant to increase physicians’/health care professionals’ awareness of prediabetes as a serious health condition and to increase the number of physicians/health care professionals taking action to screen, test, and refer patients with prediabetes to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.

ACPM will work with CDC and partner organizations to develop, coordinate, implement and manage educational trainings, as well as gather stakeholder input from experts in the field.

Take a few minutes to complete a brief survey on testing and referring patients with prediabetes to a diabetes prevention program. The survey closes on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. 

Learn more from visiting ACPM’s page on Diabetes Prevention Program.

2. Addressing the Role of Physicians in CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

Diabetes Prevention

ACPM has recently received a grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) to address HST through CDC’s 6|18 initiative.

Through 6|18, CDC is targeting six common and costly health conditions – tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes – and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers.

3. Lifestyle Medicine Core Curriculum

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and our partner the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to introduce the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a new comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum designed for physicians with an interest in learning the basic principles of lifestyle medicine.

The curriculum has several modules that address prevention and control of diabetes, including




Diabetes Prevention
World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2016

ACPM is a proud supporter of World Diabetes Day, observed November 14, 2016. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.


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