Press Release

American Association of Diabetes Educators Receives Grant from the CDC for National Program to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

For Release: October 10, 2012

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand diabetes prevention programming. This 2012 Prevention and Public Health Fund cooperative agreement, which awarded six organizations a total of $6.7 million, is part of a national effort to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes. Through the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), AADE will work with the CDC to establish a network of organizations offering a structured, evidence-based lifestyle change program.

Classes offered through the National DPP help participants learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. Those changes include losing a moderate amount of weight and increasing physical activity. CDC estimates 79 million have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type 2 diabetes within a few years. 

AADE is excited by the opportunity to bring resources to diabetes educators who are interested in providing evidence-based diabetes prevention services in their local communities. AADE plans to use the funding to train diabetes educators to deliver the National DPP curriculum, which is designed for people with prediabetes. AADE will also build alliances with businesses and insurers to provide long-term financial support for lifestyle change classes as a covered health benefit for employees, and to establish reimbursement criteria that reward successful programs.

"AADE and its network of diabetes educators are strongly positioned to work collaboratively with CDC to bring the National Diabetes Prevention Program to scale,” said 2012 AADE President Sandra Burke, PhD, ANP, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE. “Diabetes educators, the experts at delivering diabetes self-management education, teach people how to personally engage in behaviors such as healthy eating and being active.

Behaviors involve choices that are critical not only to the management of diabetes, but also to the promotion of healthy living and the prevention of diabetes.  Diabetes educators work in a variety of programs and settings in which they encounter people who are at risk for diabetes and can play a major role addressing diabetes prevention in their local communities."

CDC leads the National DPP, which offers communities an evidence-based lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program is geared to those at high risk of type 2 diabetes. People have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes if they are overweight, age 45 years or older, have a family history of the disease, get little physical activity, developed gestational diabetes while pregnant, or are members of certain racial/ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. 

The program is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by CDC, which showed that people with prediabetes could reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes that resulted in a 5 to 7 percent weight loss (about 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person). Those changes included choosing healthier foods and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes a week. CDC estimates that national implementation of the prevention program could save $5.7 billion in health care costs and prevent 885,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the next 25 years.

About the AADE:
Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.