National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
May 2012
Volume 8, Issue 5

This Mother's Day, Help Women with a History of GDM Take Steps to Lower Their Chances of Getting Diabetes in the Future

In support of Mother's Day (May 13) and National Women's Health Week (May 13–19), the NDEP is reminding women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) about their lifelong risk for getting type 2 diabetes. Women with a history of GDM have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years, and should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If they do not have diabetes, they continue to be at risk and should talk to their doctor about additional testing. It's also important to remember that the child from a pregnancy affected by GDM may also be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future.

Visit for more information about steps to take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in the future. If you're looking for tips from a woman with a history of GDM, watch NDEP's new video "The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes: Making Healthy Choices as a Family," where NDEP volunteer Sandra Aguilar Scott shares advice about preventing type 2 diabetes in her family. NDEP also has the It's Never Too Early tip sheet and the Do It for Them! But Do It for You Too. bilingualfotonovela featuring dramatic stories of Latinas talking to Latinas about preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes and being healthy for their children and themselves.

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May Observances

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May marks the 20th anniversary of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a national celebration and remembrance of Asians' and Pacific Islanders' contributions in the United States. This month, encourage Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in your community or state to learn more about type 2 diabetes. The NDEP has great diabetes prevention materials tailored to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders such as NDEP's Preventing Diabetes for Our Future and Theirs: The Diabetes Epidemic among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders feature article and Two Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes: My Future and Theirs tip sheet. Help people manage their diabetes with NDEP's 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. booklet and Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes tip sheet—both available in 15 Asian-Pacific languages.

Healthy Vision Month
During Healthy Vision Month, help people with diabetes learn about the importance of maintaining their eye health. Diabetes can damage blood vessels of the eye, which can lead to serious vision problems. Use educational materials from the National Eye Institute to help people in your community. If you are a health care professional, check out NDEP's Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Guide for Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Dental Professionals for more information on how to help your patients with diabetes.

Older Americans Month
May is also Older Americans Month. Did you know that adults over age 60 have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications? Share NDEP's It's Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet and The Power To Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands brochure to help older adults prevent or manage the disease.

Employee Health and Fitness Month
Help highlight the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace during Employee Health & Fitness Month. Employers that develop strategies to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity help improve the quality of life for employees, reduce health care costs, and increase productivity. Check out NDEP's Small Steps. Big Rewards. booklet for tips on keeping up healthy habits all year long. Find presentations and handouts related to employee health and diabetes at, a comprehensive online resource for the business community. Click here for additional worksite wellness resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May Observances

Hot off the Press!

2012 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance
Check out NDEP's updated 2012 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance pocket guide for health care professionals. Based on the American Diabetes Association's clinical practice recommendations, this handy pocket guide provides a list of current recommendations to diagnose and manage prediabetes and diabetes. The 2012 update includes a recommendation from CDC to administer the hepatitis B vaccination to patients aged 19 to 59. Click here to order or download your free copy today.

Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes: A Toolkit Addressing Psychosocial Issues for American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples
NDEP is pleased to announce that a new toolkit, Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes, is now available. This resource can help health care professionals address psychosocial issues with American Indian and Alaska Native peoples with diabetes. The toolkit has several components including the Wit and Wisdom to Live Well with Diabetes book and audio CD, tip sheets, screening tools, and a list of resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Click here download your free copy.

Diabetes Resources CD and Catalog: Special Resources for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders - Coming Soon!
NDEP has developed a free, easy-to-use CD and catalog for people who work with Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to help them find diabetes education resources relevant to their populations. Resources include important information for health care professionals, materials for people with type 2 diabetes or at risk for the disease, and resources for conducting outreach campaigns. For more information or to preorder the CD or catalog, send an email to For orders, please provide your mailing address and specify the number of copies needed.

Hot Off the Press

Announcements from NDEP & Partners

TODAY Study Finds Two Drugs Better Than One to Treat Youth with Type 2 Diabetes
A combination of two diabetes drugs, metformin and rosiglitazone, was more effective in treating youth with recent-onset type 2 diabetes than metformin alone, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found. Adding an intensive lifestyle intervention to metformin provided no more benefit than metformin therapy alone.

The Treatment Options for type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study is the first major comparative effectiveness trial for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in young people. Click here for study results published in The New England Journal of Medicine on April 29, 2012.

New HBO Series, "The Weight of the Nation" Premieres May 14 and 15Request Your Community Film Screening Kit
Looking for ways to support your efforts to increase awareness about evidence-based lifestyle interventions to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk?

The NDEP invites you to consider hosting a screening of HBO's newest documentary series, The Weight of the Nation.

The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The Weight of the Nation features case studies, interviews with our nation's leading experts, and individuals and their families that demonstrate how obesity affects the health of the nation. Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are a few of the diseases directly linked to obesity and will dramatically increase if the status quo does not change. For example, in one of the films, we learn about genetically identical twins, Tim and Paul, who led very similar lives. After Paul was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Tim realized that he, too, might be at risk for type 2 diabetes and participated in the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) launched more than a decade ago by the National Institutes of Health. In doing so, Tim learned how to make lifestyle changes that helped him lose weight by being more active and making healthier food choices. For Paul, these are also important steps that he, too, can take to manage his diabetes to reduce his chances of developing health problems in the future.

If your organization is interested in hosting a film screening event, you can request a screening kit, which includes the four documentary films, ten bonus shorts and a discussion to kick-start the conversations in your community. To order a film screening kit and to learn more, visit

Good Housekeeping Recognizes NDEP's Website as One of the 14 Most Trusted Online Health Resources
What health websites can you trust? Check out the May 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping, where the NDEP website,, is listed as one of the 14 most trustworthy online health resources. NDEP's unique search feature, which allows people to search for publications by age, diabetes status, and ethnicity/race, is highlighted.

CDC Releases 2009 County-level Estimates of Diagnosed Diabetes, Obesity, and Leisure-time Physical Inactivity in the United States
CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation recently announced the release of 2009 county-level estimates of diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity in the United States. This new data, in addition to the 2004–2008 county-level estimates already available, can be found on the Diabetes Data and Trends website. Also, for the first time, estimates of diagnosed diabetes are available for the Puerto Rico municipios (county equivalents). These data are important to help address the burden of diabetes and selected risk factors.

"Diabetes and Nutrition in the Latino Community" Webinar Now Available Online
Did you miss NDEP's "Diabetes and Nutrition in the Latino Community" webinar in late March? It's now available for download on the NDEP website. Click here to download and learn about culturally-oriented nutrition education information, including resources from NDEP, that can help improve the lives of Hispanics or Latinos with diabetes or at risk for the disease.


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