The start of this year has seen large movements in the world’s enthusiasm for tackling the ever growing problem of diabetes around the world. With a new spotlight being placed on diabetes prevention methods and programmes, there is continuous hope that this issue will get better over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also known as CDC, well over 84 million Americans are currently living with prediabetes conditions and one-quarter of those will eventually develop type 2 diabetes. However, the good news is that taking certain preemptive measures will curb type two diabetes from developing at all and put in reverse any current symptoms a person is facing. This delay can come about from a sincere lifestyle-change program which is recognized by the DPP or CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The numerous diabetes prevention programs that exist include some of the 2018 physician fee schedule covered services, meaning that receiving these services is going to be very cheap for you. The physician fee schedule have a current maximum payment per Medicare beneficiary of a staggering $670. This medicare payment involving the DPP starts on April the 1st. Until then, the AMA are going to be offering numerous educational programs which will offer the tools physicians need to use to really help their patients take full advantage of the new services coming to light.

Raising awareness and reversing the symptoms prediabetes shows should be at the forefront of people’s mind and now slowly, it is becoming so. Health care organizations are now working together to highlight the vital issues diabetes causes in order to tackle the disease before it is diagnosed in people. The DPP is working around the clock to research and educate people on the topic. Just last year they covered a multitude of diabetes prevention stories. Taken straight from the horse’s mouth, their top five research articles include:

With no DPP in reach, a family medicine practice created its own. Dismayed by the scarcity of referral options and inspired to practice at the top of their abilities, the staff at an independent practice in suburban Detroit implemented their own DPP. The lead physician on the project shares the steps he took to set it up, as well as some successes evident in patients just two months into the program.

6 steps to starting your own diabetes prevention program. Members of the Western Wayne Physicians practice team share their advice for setting up your own DPP, including how to budget for, and staff, this new activity, as well as what to look for in your first group of participants.

High anxiety: Patient worries can hinder prediabetes screening. Early detection of prediabetes is critical to reversing the condition and preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, yet many patients may avoid screening opportunities for fear of the results. In this behavior, known as “health-information avoidance,” patients often search for outcomes that better meet their needs or beliefs. Understanding when, why and how people avoid information can help physicians reach patients at risk for prediabetes without overwhelming them.

Physicians praise online diabetes prevention program: “Finally.” Care teams have been stymied for years in their attempts to get upstream of diabetes, in large part because of a lack of tools that work with patients’ lifestyles. Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare is conducting a one-year pilot of an online DPP that enables patients to participate when and where it is most convenient for them. Physicians are thrilled.

Is the patient at risk for diabetes? It’s a $100 billion question. A recent study of U.S. spending on more than 150 medical conditions found diabetes to be the top expense, far and away. Diabetes is preventable, and prediabetes is reversible, so there is a tremendous opportunity to cut costs by improving care. According to data on awareness of the risk of diabetes, one problem might be how little patients and physicians are talking with each other about this costly, dreadful disease. The overwhelming majority of people with prediabetes are unaware of it.”.

The DPP have high hopes for their work to continue growing over this new year. Already this year organizations have come together such as the AMA, CDC as well as the Ad Council public service announcement regarding diabetes that was launched early this year. The ad campaign was used to urge Americans to take a prediabetes risk assessment that would only take around one minute to complete. The reason for doing so was to see who needs treatment and if they are willing to get it. The AMA is also now offering a vast amount of online advice in early diabetes management and prevention. Hopefully we will see more and more on this topic over the coming years.

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