Press Release: Pack Health Now a CDC Registered Organization
PACK HEALTH ADDED TO REGISTRY OF CDC-RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS:
Pack Health prediabetes program meets duration, intensity, and reporting requirements described in the DPRP Standards
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 86 million Americans age 20 and older (37%) have prediabetes (i.e., blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes) and 90% of those with prediabetes do not know they have it.1 In California, a recent study found that 13 million adults in the state have prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes (about 46%).2
Interventions to prevent diabetes have the potential both to improve individual health and quality of life through disease avoidance (e.g., eye, kidney, and nerve damage; strokes; heart attacks) and to save the health care system substantial medical costs by reducing the incidence of diabetes and its associated complications. Without such interventions, it is estimated that 15-30% of individuals with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) within five years.1 The Diabetes Prevention Program Trial (DPP Trial) demonstrated that the incidence of diabetes could be reduced using intensive diet and lifestyle counseling for individuals at high risk for developing diabetes.3
The Pack Health prediabetes virtual health coaching program is the first program in Alabama to meet CDC DPP requirements and will play a vital role in the national effort to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes and improve the overall health and well-being of participants.
About the CDC
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About Pack Health
Pack Health provides real help for those living with an overwhelming diagnosis or chronic condition. Members of Pack Health engage one-on-one with personal health advisors, who provide the structured support members need to take control of their specific conditions, navigate the healthcare system, and live healthier lives. Pack Health headquarters are in Birmingham, AL. Please visit us at www.packhealth.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes: Could It Be You? http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/prediabetes-infographic.pdf. Accessed April 15, 2016.
- Babey S, Wolstein J, Diamant A, Goldstein H. Prediabetes in California: Nearly Half of California Adults on Path to Diabetes. 2016.
- Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002;346(6):393-403.