Prevention

Our focus goes beyond managing diabetes. We’re working to prevent diabetes in people who are most at risk. Our diabetes prevention programs target ethnic groups that have a higher-than-average prevalence of diabetes, including African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.

Preventing Diabetes in Adults at Risk

The University of Chicago has served as a clinical study site in the ongoing, multi-center DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM (DPP), funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIH/NIDDK). It has focused primarily on African-Americans at high risk of diabetes.

To date, the study has shown that diet and exercise can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in certain people at risk (those with impaired glucose tolerance). Results have also shown that the oral drug metformin helped to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, although not as effectively as diet and exercise.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 27-center, randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of interventions that may delay or prevent development of diabetes in people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The University of Chicago was selected to participate as a research site. The area near the University of Chicago is comprised primarily of African-Americans, a target population identified by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) as a group at high risk for diabetes.

At the University of Chicago, research focused in part on individuals with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), a prediabetic condition that is associated with insulin resistance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The University of Chicago’s results supported those of the larger DPP study group, which substantiated that appropriate interventions can help prevent type 2 diabetes from developing in individuals with IGT.

Education

With an ADA-recognized Diabetes Education Program, the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center provides a range of resources to help those at risk of diabetes learn how to avoid its onset. These include classes, one-to-one nutritional counseling, behavioral counseling and support groups.

Learn about OUR EDUCATORS.

View the DIABETES BASICS CLASS BROCHURE.

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