American Diabetes Association Applauds Funding of the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Alexandria,
September 21, 2011

The American Diabetes Association applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for leading the way in the fight to Stop Diabetes® by investing $10 million in the National Diabetes Prevention Program in its FY 2012 Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill. The community-based program is an effective lifestyle intervention for people at risk for diabetes and has a demonstrated capability to reduce long-term health care spending.

“The American Diabetes Association is proud to stand with Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including Full Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS), and LHHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), to call attention to the devastating human and economic toll diabetes is taking on our country,” said John W. Griffin, Jr., Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association. “The National Diabetes Prevention Program plays a vital role in the fight to Stop Diabetes and this funding is a critically important step in the nationwide expansion of the program that will protect the health of our nation.”

Diabetes is a growing epidemic with nearly 26 million adults and children living with diabetes in the U.S. Another 79 million have prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes, prediabetes and their complications cost our nation an estimated $218 billion annually and are a threat to both the health and fiscal stability of the country.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program, a groundbreaking clinical trial supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. The trial found with lifestyle changes and moderate weight loss, individuals with prediabetes can decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Further studies have shown these results can be replicated in a community setting for a cost of less than $300 per participant.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program builds on these studies by creating a national network of community programs providing evidence-based lifestyle interventions that prevent diabetes. The Urban Institute estimates that a targeted prevention program like the National Diabetes Prevention Program would garner an estimated $190 billion in savings over ten years, the majority of which would be in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.