Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: The Strategic Approach for Implementation

ArticleinHormone and Metabolic Research 43(13):907-10 · December 2011with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.12 · DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1295462 · Source: PubMed


    A growing need exists to deliver effective and affordable prevention programs and to take urgent action to address the major public health challenge that diabetes represents. Achieving prevention of type 2 diabetes requires moving through a series of steps from basic science discovery to widespread distribution of effective interventions. Understanding the cellular level influences on diabetes prevention will help target particular interventions to those who may be most responsive. Several randomized controlled trials conducted throughout the world have demonstrated that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. Subsequent real-world translation studies have provided important information necessary to reduce cost and increase access. Ultimately achieving a population impact in diabetes prevention requires widespread distribution of effective interventions, which is supported by policies that help achieve sustainability and reach. The use of a global stakeholder network can help to share experiences and build on partner knowledge gained.