Screening Patients for Prediabetes Can Save Lives Mar . 16 . 2015
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to encourage physicians to screen patients for prediabetes in an effort to help curb the nationwide epidemic of Type II diabetes. Through their combined efforts, it is now easier for physicians to “screen, test and refer patients with prediabetes to diabetes prevention programs—without adding extra burden on their practice.” Considering that prediabetes affects more than 86 million Americans, this multi-year, multi-component initiative will not only assist in increasing awareness, but also help to save lives.
If caught early on, prediabetes can be stopped, and yet most people (90%) who have prediabetes are unaware of their condition. Physicians can now access information, toolkits, and resources about prediabetes that will aide them in screening, testing and in positive cases, referring patients appropriately.
The initiative that the AMA and CDC have released is called, “Prevent Diabetes STAT.” STAT in this instance is an acronym standing for “Screen/Test/Act Today.” The AMA and CDC joint website is dedicated to providing information and resources about prediabetes and encourages physicians to download their toolkit which goes into depth about topics such as, “Engage Health Care Teams; Engage Patients; and Incorporate screening, testing and referral into your practice.”
The aim for this program is to treat and stop prediabetes among patients before it progresses into Type II diabetes, thereby decreasing an enormous amount of suffering, as well as death caused by the condition. This proactive initiative has the potential of decreasing the burden of diabetes across the spectrum of those affected, including patients, physicians, and the healthcare system. To learn more about the joint initiative by the AMA and CDC, and to get started today, please visit the Prevent Diabetes STAT website.
Information for this blog post was sourced, in part, from the American Medical Association (AMA) Wire Alert and the Prevent Diabetes STAT website put forth by the AMA and CDC. To learn more about AMA and CDC, please visit www.ama-assn.org and www.cdc.gov, respectively.