I wanted to provide you with some useful information tools to support your efforts to light a fire under diabetes prevention. PreDiabetes Defined:
What are the complications of prediabetes?
Can we stop Pre-Diabetes from rolling over to Diabetes? Yes. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) demonstrated;
How to Motivate and Help your patients to LOSE Weight?
Keep a food diary – Download a free Food and Activity Tracker from the DPP website. Weigh yourself once a week and write it down. Make a positive action plan to eat less, with a focus on portion control and fat intake reduction. Brainstorm options and pick one goal to try. Facilitators coach participants using “Unconditional Positive Regard”. Focus on successes and provide lots of positive affirmations. Try to steer them away from negative thinking. The DPP focuses on counting FAT calories to lose weight. It is simple to explain and it works. Here is the chart they use.
Counting fat grams is a straightforward approach that is easy for patients to grasp and it works. Perhaps we should be using it for our patients with diabetes to help jump start weight loss?
Getting Started – How to set up a Diabetes Prevention Program in your Community First, you may want to see if a YMCA or other community based organization is offering a Diabetes Prevention program in your area. The nuts and bolts of a CDC Diabetes Recognized Program:
Can we bill insurance companies for the Diabetes Prevention Program? In some communities throughout our country, organizations that provide the prevention program are billing private insurance companies for the program. However, Medicare has not yet agreed to reimburse for the Prevention Program in spite of advocacy work to secure funding in Congress. Many programs are asking participants pay out of pocket for the program. The complete program charge ranges from $150 to over $1000, depending on the demographics of the community. Our goal: keep supporting efforts to secure funding for Diabetes Prevention Programs. Talk to administrators, colleagues, representatives and community leaders to encourage the provision of this proven and cost-effective program. Our communities need it!