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As Diabetes Cases Rise, So Does Emphasis On Prevention

09/24/12

  06:02:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

As Diabetes Cases Rise, So Does Emphasis On Prevention

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog recently reported on efforts by health care providers to educate people about diabetes – management for those with the disease, and lifestyle changes for those in danger of developing it.

Many states now offer group glasses through the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By making modifcations in diet and exercise, people with pre-diabetes can lower their risk of developing Type 2 by 58%.

Health care providers increasingly conduct their own programs as well. But as the blog notes, getting people to attend and stick with the classes can be a challenge – particularly in cases where the patient is in denial of their condition.

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