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Feature Story

July 2019

Diabetes Declines, National DPP Program Helped

By Chandler Garland

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released a new study showing that new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States have decreased by 35 percent since reaching a 20-year peak in 2009. This is the first sign that efforts to stop the nation’s diabetes epidemic are working.

The study shows that new cases have declined from 1.7 million new cases per year in 2008 to 1.3 million new cases in 2017. In addition, the number of people living with diagnosed diabetes in the United States has remained stable during the past 8 years. This represents the longest sustained plateau in existing cases of diagnosed diabetes and the longest decline in new diabetes cases.

“The findings suggest that our work to stem the tide of type 2 diabetes may be working—but we still have a very long way to go,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We must continue proven interventions and deploy innovative strategies if we’re going to see a continued decline in type 2 diabetes among Americans.”

While there are many reasons given for the decline, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is one of the most significant in helping those diagnosed with prediabetes prevent or delay the full onset of type 2 diabetes. Like-minded DPP programs, such as the YMCA DPP, are helping spread this kind of programing to people on the community level.

“As the first community-based organization to offer the National DPP—and the largest in-person provider of the program—we are thrilled to see that our efforts, along with the efforts of many other partners, are paying off,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA.

The YMCA offers its Diabetes Prevention Program in 42 states, serving more than 64,000 participants. YMCAs across the nation also partner with state and local diabetes programs to raise awareness of prediabetes and to deepen the reach and scale of the program. Awarded funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the YMCA DPP partners with health care providers to deliver preventive services outside of the clinic and hospital setting—particularly services that community members may not otherwise be able to afford or access in traditional health care settings.

“We thank CDC for its guidance and partnership over the past 10 years as the DPP has grown and made a real difference in people’s lives. We look forward to our continued partnership in working toward a future where type 2 diabetes ceases to be at epidemic levels in our nation,” said Washington.

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