Type 2 diabetes on its mature stage needs an extensive prevention. Through research, a necessary database for the evidence-based prevention has been gathered for thorough observations, proper screening to determine the risks, and able to demonstrate lifestyle interventions to reduce the incidence of the disease.
Support of the program is provided substantially through the assistance of the public and private organizations, nationally and globally. The action plans for the diabetes prevention has involved numbers of stakeholders such as governments, NGOs, and scientific and practical inputs. The presentation of evidences for diabetes preventions has its practical guidance on the scientific and practical levels with trainings to deliver preventive interventions appropriately.
Most people valued health and is at the top of the list; prevention is better than cure. The IMAGE toolkit is a perfect prevention for diabetes that is developed by a group of Europeans after a thorough study of the disease. The toolkit is based on the IMAGE evidence-based guidelines and training curriculum. It refers to the evidence in the science of prevention for chronic diabetes and it allows translating its knowledge in practice. It contains the most practical worksheets and examples; it facilitates the implementation of prevention program as retrieved from the toolkit.
Everyone is the target of the toolkit, especially those who are interested to establish a program in the prevention of type 2 diabetes or simply known as diabetes. It aims to provide the full and clear, balance, and accurate information and practical guidance. It has proven that the interventions can halt or delay the onset of the disease. Through the evaluation of interventions, it has shown alarming facts particularly in Europe. It is estimated that about 55 million individuals have diabetes and in 2030, it will increase to 66 million approximately.
It is unfortunate that some cases are diagnosed late or not diagnosed at all. This unfortunate event leads to the increase of complications and economic burdens in healthcare system in the society. However, prevention is possible and the prevention is the key of moderate lifestyles. The IMAGE toolkit for the prevention of diabetes has provided practical information to those who are directly involved in the healthcare and prevention activities available for adults at risks to develop diabetes.
The toolkit contains functional information for policy makers in local and national levels especially to those who are interested to create healthy environment and to work with organizations for the implementation and recommendation of healthy and easy choices. The collaboration of individuals with expertise and experiences is necessary for effective prevention on diabetes and support social environment.
In addition, the toolkit has diverse cost aspects; the costs vary among countries and its setting, mode, and intensity of the intervention. The core of the toolkit is the effective lifestyle intervention program. Everything is presented and described in phases that support the lifestyle behavior of change such as motivation, action, and maintenance. Other key factors in diabetes prevention are the physical activity, balance nutrition, depression, and vices.
The healthcare providers play a vital role in the behavior change of a person, empower the entire community, and describe the effectiveness of communication. The evaluation of the program has established quality assurance, and it used the strong evidence based to halt or delay the progression of diabetes that impact in the quality of life of the society who are at risks of diabetes.
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1 (7), 1-6. Retrieved from http://www.journalofdiabetology.org/.