As shown above, the number of Americans with diabetes is increasing. In addition, in 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes (A1C between 5.7 and 6.4); this is up from 79 million in 2010! Without intervention, 15% - 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type II diabetes within 5 years. The NIH Diabetes Prevention Program showed that diabetes could be prevented or delayed in 58% of all prediabetics and 71% of prediabetics over age 60 through lifestyle modification:
In the context of the current medical environment, it is difficult to adequately educate your overweight, prediabetic patient to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. The Type II Diabetes Prevention Module is a useful tool that can help you solve this problem. The module has the same goals as the NIH Diabetes Prevention Program: increased physical activity, improved diet and weight loss! The module includes a web site that is focused on providing your patient educational tools that promote increased physiccal activity, improved diet and weight loss. Some screen shots of the website are available here. In addition, a mobile application keeps them in constant touch with their electronic diary and virtual coach. The virtual coach:
Screen shots for the Type II Diabetes Prevention Module mobile application are shown here.