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NDEP Launches New Online Tool for Better Health

Just One Step LogoIn observance of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® on Tuesday, March 27, the NDEP is raising awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. This year, the NDEP encourages people to know their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test, and, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take Just One Step toward better health with NDEP’s Just One Step online tool.

Understanding what can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes is an important first step. To find out if you are at risk, take the diabetes risk test at

If you are at risk, studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days a week.

To help you take these small, but important steps, the NDEP’s Just One Step interactive tool can guide you in taking small steps that can help you reach your health goal. The tool will help you think about:

  • What step you will take to help you reach your goal (for example, walking more),
  • When and how often you will do it (for example, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch), and
  • How much/how long (for example, 15 minutes each time).

The key to reaching your health goal – and sticking with it – is to set a goal and make a step-by-step plan. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. It’s important to think about what is important to you and your health, and think about the kinds of changes that you are willing and able to make.

For more information about NDEP’s Just One Step tool, visit Check out NDEP’s Diabetes Alert Day page at to learn how you can help spread the word in your community.

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Americans with Diabetes Rises to Nearly 26 million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011—the most recent comprehensive assessment of the prevalence of diabetes in the United States—which shows that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes and another 79 million Americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes, raising their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The fact sheet also indicates that racial and ethnic minorities continue to have higher rates of diabetes, heightening concerns about health disparities among these populations. Compared to non-Hispanic whites, diabetes continues to be more prevalent among African Americans, people of African Ancestry, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Older Americans also have higher rates of diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Half of Americans age 65 and older have pre-diabetes, and nearly one-third have diabetes.

According to the statistics, type 2 diabetes is extremely rare among children younger than 10.  Type 2 diabetes is still unusual among youth ages 10 to 19, but rates were greater for this age group than in younger children.  There were higher rates of type 2 diabetes among minorities than non-Hispanic whites.

Diabetes is a serious, common, costly, yet controllable and preventable disease. NDEP offers free diabetes-related resources at View or download the fact sheet.

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Transitions From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Transitioning to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. Teens and young adults need to assume more responsibility for diabetes self-management and make more independent judgments about their health care needs. To aid this process, NDEP has assembled materials and resources to make the transition to adult health care a smooth one.

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Diabetes HealthSense (formerly known as Support for Behavior Change Resource)


Diabetes HealthSense (previously referred to as the Support for Behavior Change Resource) is a searchable database of research, tools and programs that address the “how to” of psychosocial issues, lifestyle and behavior change. This resource was developed for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and those who care about them, along with health care professionals, agencies and organizations. The database includes resources that help individuals or groups cope with diabetes and make lifestyle and behavior changes.

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