Hello Presidents, Presidents Elect, Executive Directors,
Please downlaod the Academy press release from the link below and share with your members as it supports the Academy’s efforts in pushing Congress to pass the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act, which would provide coverage for medical nutrition therapy for those with prediabetes. As November is American Diabetes Month, this is the prime opportunity to raise awareness of this issue.
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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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PDF of Press Release: Press-Release-Preventing-Diabetes-in-Medicare-Act
Copy of Press Release below:
ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS URGES CONGRESS:
PASS PREVENTING DIABETES IN MEDICARE ACT
CHICAGO – During November’s American Diabetes Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics joins
advocacy communities across the country to raise awareness of the fact that diabetes rates have continued to rise
over the past 10 years. To help save lives, improve health and save countless health care dollars, the Academy
urges Congress to pass legislation that would provide effective and comprehensive medical nutrition therapy to
Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes.
”Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy
President Evelyn Crayton. “Unfortunately, there is even more reason to be concerned. In 2012, 86 million
Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes, which is a state of being at extremely high risk for developing Type
2 diabetes. While a diagnosis of prediabetes may seem hopeless, there are proven interventions to prevent and
delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.”
Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) and Congressmen Diana DeGette (Colo), Tim Ryan
(Ohio) and Ed Whitfield (Ky) have introduced resolutions in both chambers of Congress to raise awareness about
the prevalence of diabetes and to promote the need for additional research and preventative efforts to fight this
One of the most successful diabetes interventions is medical nutrition therapy, or MNT. This effective and
comprehensive treatment is an evidence-based service performed by registered dietitian nutritionists for disease
management, such as delaying and even preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Numerous studies support the
effectiveness of MNT, showing recipients losing weight and improving blood glucose levels.
The use of MNT as an intervention is strongly supported by research and professional organizations. Studies
indicate that people who consult with registered dietitian nutritionists and diabetes educators have improved
diabetes outcomes and quality of life.
“However, while Medicare covers MNT for individuals with diabetes, it does not cover MNT for individuals with
prediabetes,” Crayton said. “Without this coverage, many of those with prediabetes are unable to afford services
to treat and manage their disease.”
The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act (H.R. 1686), being debated in Congress, would allow Medicare
beneficiaries to receive MNT coverage for prediabetes, helping millions of Americans receive the services they
need and preventing a massive increase in the number of people with Type 2 diabetes.
The Academy, along with partners in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, have asked Congress to hold a hearing on
diabetes during American Diabetes Month, which would elevate interest in and visibility of diabetes legislation
and allow legislation, such as the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act, to move forward and improve the
detection, prevention and treatment of diabetes.
“While Congress waits, millions of Americans continue to struggle,” Crayton said. “The Academy urges
Congress: Pass H.R. 1686.”
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through
research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org