Diabetes Standards of Care 2021

Did you know each year the American Diabetes Association updates the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes every year? This 200+ page document provides primary care providers with current recommendations for care. Here are two highlights:

Testing for Diabetes or Prediabetes Should Be Considered for the Following People Even When There Are No Symptoms

  • Adults with who have a BMI over 25 (23 if Asian American) and one or more of the following. What is my BMI?
    • Immediate family member with diabetes
    • High-risk race/ethnicity (e.g. African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander)
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome
    • Those getting little physical activity
  • People with prediabetes should be tested yearly
  • Women who had gestational diabetes should have lifelong testing at least every 3 years
  • Those with HIV
  • Those with HIV
  • All people regardless of criteria should begin annual testing at age 45.

Highly Recommended Vaccines for Adults Living With Diabetes

Hepatitis B: For those under 60 years old; If over 60 talk with your doctor.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): For those 26 years old and younger. If 27-45 years old talk with your doctor.

Influenza: All people with diabetes should receive annually; talk to your doctor about which flu vaccine is right for you.

Pneumonia: 19-64 years; talk with your doctor about which pneumonia vaccine is most appropriate for you.

COVID-19: Everyone in the age groups for which the vaccine is approved.

View the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2021

Native Wellness Diabetes Program

Welcome to the Native Wellness Diabetes Program!

The program honors a balance between cultural practices and western science in Indian Country to promote health and help prevent type 2 diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives who are at risk.

To support wellness and diabetes awareness, the Native Diabetes Wellness Program has gathered a collection of stories about tribal efforts to reclaim traditional foods; a series of colorful books for children to promote healthy eating and physical activity; and a collection of helpful resources, all free for you to order or download.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) - End the Summer With Better Health

These ready-to-go late summer/early fall DPP messages from CDC are ready for you to add your program details and publish in no time. They include social media posts, newsletter copy, and images.

Download drop-in article, newsletter copy and social media content

August - End of Summer Materials

The DPP has also created focused, customizable small media materials for your use! These promotional pieces use the stories of real people involved with the National DPP lifestyle change program.

There are two sets of promotional materials. The first is broken out by community and the second is a two (2) week series of personal stories that can be shared by posters, post cards and through social media posts. We hope these resources help your communication strategies during National Diabetes Month!

American Indian

American Indian Flyer you can customize (pdf)

African Americans
This set includes: DPP Prediabetes Flyer, National DPP Infographic and a Sample Drop-in article.

Hispanics and Latinos
This set includes: National DPP Infographic, Drop-in Newsletter Copy in English and a Drop-in Newsletter Copy in Spanish.

Adults Over 65 Years Old
This set includes: Calendar of Events Submission, Direct Mail Template, Live Announcer Scripts, Marketing Materials and Support, National DPP Presentation Template, National DPP Infographic, Sample Drop-in article and a Sample Enewsletter.

Community Health Worker
This set includes: National DPP Promotion Kit, and a Prediabetes Presentation Template.

Week 1 - Glenn
This set includes: Postcards, posters, social media images and a promotional bundle with a drop-in article and Sample Newsletter.

Week 2 - Jack and Joyce
This set includes: Postcards, posters, social media images and a promotional bundle with a drop-in article and Sample Newsletter.

CDC Resources - Get Active and Stay Healthy from Home

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Learn what you, your family, and community can do to get active and stay healthy.

Resources for Individuals, Practices and Communities

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.


Find Diabetes Education and Diabetes Prevention program locations. Also Diabetes Information and Fact Sheets.


Here are links to many of DPAC's partners.