Prediabetes is a preventable health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. An estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes but only one in 10 of these people are aware they have it.
Americares and the American Medical Association (AMA) are working together to address this critical public health problem. By targeting adults who have prediabetes and offering evidence-based lifestyle programs that promote weight loss, physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes, free and charitable clinics can prevent or delay the progression to type 2 diabetes in their patients.
Both Americares and the AMA have prioritized addressing prediabetes in adult populations:
Together, the AMA and Americares have developed a Diabetes Prevention Program Implementation Guide that includes a variety of resources to help free and charitable clinics develop lifestyle change programs that align with the CDC’s National DPP.