Researchers and professional educators also play important roles in diabetes prevention. The following are some general diabetes prevention steps these groups can take:
- Continue research into the causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Continue applied research into the prevention of diabetes and other relevant issues such as cost benefit analysis and evidence-based prevention strategies for combating the disease.
- Continue to conduct clinical trials like the DPP to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in individuals at high risk for developing the disease, such as minority populations.
- Continue to develop effective methods to translate research findings into clinical practice to prevent diabetes.
- Develop useful outcome measures for health promotion and diabetes prevention activities, services, and practices to assess progress in these areas, and provide information to inform program improvement.
- Develop and evaluate innovative methods to inform people about the importance of diabetes prevention and the link between the risk for diabetes and personal behaviors and choices, such as physical activity and dietary choices.
- Develop partnerships with community organizations to promote research and educational initiatives regarding diabetes prevention.