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Resources for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes as an Older Adult

As you get older, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. But it’s not too late to take steps towards prevention. This page has resources to help you learn more about your risk for type 2 diabetes and the steps you can take prevent or delay the disease.

Resources listed by title (A-Z)


​Title ​Description ​Organization

Go4Life: Exercise and Typ​e 2 Diabetes​

This tip sheet lists risk factors for type 2 diabetes and explains how being active can help older adults prevent or delay onset of the disease. National Institute on Aging

HealthInAging.org - Agin​g & Health A to Z: Diabetes

This website provides diabetes management and prevention information for older adults. It includes information about the causes and symptoms of diabetes, as well as care and treatment options to prevent diabetes-related complications. American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation

It’s Not​ Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

En Espa​ñol​

This tip sheet helps older adults at risk for type 2 diabetes move more and eat less to lower their risk for diabetes. National Diabetes Education Program

National Diab​etes Prevention Program

Learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program. This page includes facts about prediabetes and a link to the registry of community-based Diabetes Prevention Programs across the country. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH SeniorHealth: Diabe​tes Prevention

NIH SeniorHealth provides health and wellness information for older adults. Its “Diabetes Prevention” page defines prediabetes and explains lifestyle changes a person can take to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Institutes of Health

Your Medicare Covera​ge (Online Search Tool)​

This video explains the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and provides strategies to help older adults prevent or delay onset of the disease. Home Instead Senior Care

Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know about D​iabetes

En Espa​ñol​

This brochure explains the issue of diabetes and steps an older adult can take to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. This resource also includes tips for living with diabetes. Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) / National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

YMCA’s Diabe​tes Prevention Program​

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program seeks to help people at risk for type 2 diabetes learn about and adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. YMCA

Your Guide to Medicare's Preventive Servi​ces

En Es​pañol​

This booklet gives an overview of Medicare's covered preventive services. It has coverage information for a variety of diabetes-related services, including diabetes screening, diabetes self-management training, medical nutrition therapy if you have diabetes or kidney disease, foot exams, and smoking cessation. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Your Medicare Bene​fits​

This booklet describes the health care services and supplies that Medicare covers, and how to get those benefits through Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Your Medicare Coverage: Diab​etes Screening Page

En Esp​añol​

Use this search page find Medicare coverage information for diabetes screening and prevention services. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

If you know of a resource to add to this collection, visit the Submit a Resource page to complete the submission form.

Visit our Diabetes HealthSense online library for additional behavior change resources for older adults. ​​​​​​

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