The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working on diabetes prevention and control through the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Control Partnership. IDPH collaborates with private and public agencies and organizations throughout the state to:
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. About 1 in 11 people have diabetes in the U.S. Type 2 diabetes it the most common type of diabetes. Currently, at least 1 in 3 Americans will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. People who do not have diabetes can take steps to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be managed. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
The Iowa Department of Public Health certifies diabetes outpatient education programs. Minimum criteria for quality programs are established through 641 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 9  .
Certification of a program is necessary to obtain reimbursement from Medicaid and some private insurers in the state of Iowa.
The impact of diabetes is monitored through the use of statewide data, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and state-certified programs.
About 1 in 3 people have prediabetes. About 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know they have it. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, people with prediabetes can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven lifestyle change program that can help prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)