Diabetes and Prediabetes
With more than 1.1 million adults living with prediabetes in Oregon, and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the Oregon Medical Association has launched a campaign to help stem the tide of type 2 diabetes and, with it, other serious lifestyle-related chronic conditions like heart disease and stroke.
Steering Toward Health is a multi-year initiative that focuses on the prevention of chronic diseases, starting with type 2 diabetes. Its aim is to save physicians and their care teams valuable clinic time, while connecting their at-risk patients to evidence-based, behavioral-change programs.
Below, you’ll find a toolkit with resources that help to identify and refer patients with prediabetes to National Diabetes Prevention Programs (National DPPs), recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now covered by the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Medicare, and some private insurance plans, National DPPs have been shown to reduce participants’ risk of diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases by promoting modest weight loss, regular exercise, and self-management of health habits over the long term.