Diabetes and Primary Prevention
Diabetes Prevention Is Proven, Possible and
More than 18 million Americans have diabetes, and
another 41 million have pre-diabetes. The good news
about diabetes is that type 2
diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people at risk for the disease
through moderate changes in lifestyle.
The Diabetes Prevention Program
(DPP) study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, found that
people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease
with 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week, and by losing 5 to 7
percent of their body weight. The key is small steps that lead to big rewards.
These small steps need to be taken at home and at work.
Primary Prevention: A Sound Business Investment
With employees spending one-third to one-half of their
day on the job and health care costs continuing to rise, it makes sound
business sense to invest in Primary Prevention programs at the worksite.
Helping employees who may have pre-diabetes reduce their risk for or delay the
onset of diabetes can help a company:
- Improve productivity. Primary prevention is
an investment in human capital. Employees are more likely to be at work and
performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health.
- Lower health care costs. Employees who are
medically high risk employees are medically high-cost employees because they
generate higher claim costs than their low-risk peers. (Ref: Healthy Workforce
2010 by Partners for a Healthy Workforce)
- Reduce an employee's risks for heart
disease. Many people with diabetes also have or are at risk for heart
disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke. Helping
employees prevent or delay the onset of diabetes will also help them to reduce
their risks for heart disease.
Primary Prevention: Small Steps Big Rewards - Get
Your Company Started Today!
Learn more about your employees' risks for type 2
diabetes and the steps your company can take to help employees lead healthier
lives and be more productive and healthier employees.
Am I at Risk for Type
2 Diabetes? Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Find out
more about the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and what you can to do to
prevent or delay the onset of the disease. You'll also learn about the
condition called "pre-diabetes," which puts people at high risk for diabetes.
Small Steps. Big
Rewards. Your GAME PLAN for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes GAME PLAN
Overview Get into the diabetes prevention game. Learn about your risk
for developing type 2 diabetes and how to start your GAME PLAN to prevent or
delay the onset of the disease. Get tips on how to set goals, track your
progress, start a walking program, and where to get more help.
GAME PLAN Food
and Activity Tracker One of the most successful techniques for losing
weight is to write down everything you eat and drink and to figure out how many
calories and fat grams you consume every day. Use this tracker to record your
food and drink intake, as well as the time you spend on physical activity.
Print out copies of the tracker and put them in your purse or pocket. Keeping
track of your progress will help you reach your weight loss and activity goals.
GAME PLAN Fat and
Calorie Counter Use this counter to look up the number of calories and
fat grams in the foods and drinks you consume each day. This counter lists
hundreds of food items, including restaurant, ethnic, and regional foods.
diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso If you are overweight and a Hispanic or
Latino American, you are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Find out more
about how you can prevent diabetes.
More than 50 Ways
to Prevent Diabetes Tip Sheet If you're African American and
overweight, you have a high risk of getting diabetes. But the good news is that
there are more than 50 ways to prevent diabetes.
Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes: My Future and Theirs Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders who are overweight are at high risk for type 2
diabetes. Find out about your risk and the steps you can take to prevent
diabetes.for you and your family. These tip sheets are available in English,
Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese.
It's Not Too
Late to Prevent Diabetes. Take Your First Step Today. As you get older,
your risk for diabetes increases. The good news is that it's not too late to
prevent diabetes. Use these tips to find new ways to get moving, have fun, and
Workforce 2010: An Essential Health Promotion Sourcebook for Employers, Large
This sourcebook helps companies, large and small, get
started in health promotion. (Link directly to the guide)
National Diabetes Information
Take a look at all of the additional resources the
NIDDK has to offer.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Study Web Site
This website contains information for people
interested in the research aspects of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
clinical trial, the study that proved type 2 diabetes can be prevented or
Prevention Program Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides a brief
overview of the Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial.
Preventing diabetes is all about losing a small amount of
weight and being more active. Get more ideas and tips to help you reach your
weight loss goals.
This link to the American Diabetes Association's Web
site provides additional information about pre-diabetes, including a risk quiz
and frequently asked questions about diabetes prevention.
Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Campaign.
Find out more
about the first national diabetes prevention campaign.