At the state and national levels, government organizations and others are working to improve diabetes detection. Appendix C describes several important ongoing governmental activities for diabetes detection. Other examples of specific action steps include:
- Review and design policies that optimize strategies to address diabetes detection.
- Create an evidence base of best strategies for detecting diabetes that includes screening protocols for both diabetes and pre-diabetes.
- Acknowledge community efforts that have effectively increased the percentage of persons diagnosed with diabetes.
- Educate elected officials about how early detection can help improve overall quality of life for constituencies and the implications for reducing health care costs.
- Provide important information about population groups, such as older adults and atrisk racial and ethnic populations, and people with certain risk factors, including obesity, that make them more likely to have diabetes and thus have a greater need for screening.
- Identify trends in new cases of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes to inform diabetes detection activities.
- Create culturally sensitive diabetes awareness messages targeted to underserved populations that are at high risk for diabetes.
- Examine health insurance coverage policy for public employees with respect to diabetes testing.