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Iowa Diabetes Prevention & Control Program

Diabetes Prevention and Control

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:

  • promote and provide education about diabetes prevention and control through training for health care providers;
  • provide educational materials for communities, health care providers, and certified outpatient diabetes education programs;
  • promote awareness of prediabetes;
  • certify community-based outpatient diabetes education programs;
  • maintain involvement with diabetes care providers and educators statewide;
  • monitor, evaluate and report diabetes-related data, and
  • promote and support community-based self-management programs for people with or at risk for chronic disease.

Diabetes

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)

Outpatient Diabetes Education Program Certification

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  Adobe Acrobat Logo.

State-Certified Outpatient Diabetes Education Programs - December 2014  Adobe Acrobat Logo

Certification of a program is necessary to obtain reimbursement from Medicaid and some private insurers in the state of Iowa.

Diabetes in Iowa

The impact of diabetes is monitored through the use of statewide data, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and state-certified programs.

Diabetes Related Links

Prediabetes

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)

Prediabetes-Related Links for Healthcare Providers

Prediabetes-Related Links for General Public

For more information:

  • Laurene Hendricks - Diabetes
    (515) 242-6204
  • Katie Jones - Prediabetes
    (515) 725-7839