The ChallengeFlorida has a serious problem with diabetes. 7.1% of the population has prediabetes in Florida. This includes 9.63% of Floridians age 65+, 7.9% of Floridians age 45-64 and 4.9% of the population age 18-44. However, this only includes people who reported being clinically diagnosed with prediabetes; many more people have this serious condition without knowing about it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one in three adults has prediabetes.
Prediabetes is the state of your body before you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It means your blood sugars are running a little high, your body is having trouble metabolizing what you eat, and you are likely going to develop full-fledged type 2 diabetes if you don’t do something about it. Guess what? You can do something about it.
The State of Diabetes in the State of Florida
- Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Florida
- In 2013 there were 5,209 deaths from diabetes
- In 2012 there were 565,117 hospitalizations from diabetes
- There are approximately 1,708,447 adults in Florida (11.2%) with diabetes
A Solution That WorksDPP in Florida is a 1-year program (including meetings about once per week in the first 16 weeks followed by monthly support meetings) for people with prediabetes that moves proven research into communities. In this program, trained lifestyle coaches assist participants in reducing diabetes risk by losing 5 -7% of their body weight and increasing their physical activity. The goal of this program is to improve quality of life.
The program was developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have pre diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.
The ProofThe research on lifestyle change to prevent type 2 diabetes was led by the National Institutes of Health. The research showed that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).
So there you have it – a CDC program that has substantial impact on the frightening and costly statistics associated with diabetes in this country. Of course, it’s more than just statistics. It’s people, it’s your patients, it’s your employees, it’s your community.
- If you are a health care provider, refer your patients to the DPP.
- If you are an employer or health plan, offer the DPP as a covered benefit.
- If you are a person concerned about prediabetes, take the simple test here.
- If you are interested in running a DPP program at your organization, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.