NDEI.org Celebrates National Diabetes Awareness Month With New Patient Education Handout on Lifestyle Interventions
NDEI.org, the official website of The National Diabetes Education Initiative® (NDEI®), announced today the publication of a downloadable patient education handout reviewing lifestyle interventions for managing type 2 diabetes. The handout is the latest in a series of clinical practice tools from NDEI.org aimed at increasing diabetes awareness in observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month during November 2012.
Lifestyle changes, including healthier food choices and increased physical activity, are an important component for managing—or in some cases, delaying—type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that modest improvements in weight and physical activity level can confer a profound impact on elevated blood sugar levels—the hallmark of type 2 diabetes—among diagnosed individuals and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk for developing the disease.
The NDEI.org Facts About Lifestyle Changes diabetes patient education handout provides helpful tips for patients with type 2 diabetes to make healthier and informed choices with respect to diet, weight loss, and smoking status. A guide to recommended food portions is also detailed.
Nearly 26 million US adults, or 8.3% of the population aged 20 years or older, have diabetes—and that number is expected to increase exponentially as rates of obesity continue to soar. Recent estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that 20% to 33% of the US population will have type 2 diabetes by 2050. Type 2 diabetes accounts for roughly 95% of all diabetes cases. Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness—and a major cause of heart disease and stroke, contributing to $174 billion of healthcare expenditure in the United States. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
NDEI is a multi-component educational initiative addressing issues spanning the diabetes continuum, from epidemiology and pathophysiology of the disease and its associated complications and comorbidities, to the therapeutic options for prevention and treatment. Launched in 1996, NDEI is sponsored by KnowledgePoint360.
Robust offerings on NDEI.org include patient education tools and resources; a slide library featuring nearly 1,000 downloadable slides on topics exploring the spectrum of diabetes and associated conditions; and on-demand educational programs, including webcasts, newsletters, and case studies. Membership is free and unlocks premium content offerings and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.NDEI.org.
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