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Support Your Patients with Resources and Referrals

Once patients are ready to initiate lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes prevention, they will likely need support to reach their goals. You may choose to provide this support directly or refer patients to resources or intervention programs designed to support lifestyle change.

  • Refer to a CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Program: As part of the Congressionally authorized National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)1, CDC recognizes and monitors lifestyle change programs that use trained lifestyle coaches to deliver an evidence-based curriculum, report results to CDC, and demonstrate effectiveness in behavior and weight change. The intervention empowers patients with prediabetes to take charge of their health and well-being. At these sessions, patients learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity, as well as problem-solving, stress-reduction, and coping skills, into their daily lives.
  • University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC): Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program is a comprehensive and effective lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the DPP. The DPSC provides training on administration of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program to interested health care professionals via a 2-day workshop.
  • The original DPP curriculum from the NIH-funded DPP study is available online. The curriculum manuals may be downloaded, duplicated, and otherwise distributed for educational or research purposes, provided proper credit is given to the DPP Research Group.
  • NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense is an online library with resources to help you help your patients identify their priorities, set goals, and think through the steps necessary to make and sustain lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
  • NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit provides materials to start a community outreach program reinforcing the message that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented. It is designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes. The toolkit also includes training and evaluation materials for the health workers, NDEP partner organizations, and other health professionals who use the toolkit.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers information about nutrition and the role of registered dietitians. Registered dietitians are uniquely skilled in developing nutrition plans that can be customized for weight loss and diabetes prevention. Although counseling for prediabetes is not covered through Medicare, coverage varies with other insurers. Find a registered dietitian.
  • Exercise is Medicine calls on health care team members to assess and review every patient’s physical activity program at every visit and supports the health care team with resources to provide physical activity prescriptions.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home model emphasizes coordinated care integrated across settings, including in the patient’s community. Health care teams should become familiar with resources in their community so that they can make appropriate referrals. Community health workers can play an important role in this process. Learn more about developing community partnerships.​

References

1. Albright AL, Gregg EW. Preventing type 2 diabetes in communities across the U.S.: the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Am J Prev Med. 2013;44(4 Suppl 4):S346-51.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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