Special Issue "Diabetes Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Hermes J. Florez
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1201 NW 16th Street, CLC 207, Miami VA Healthcare System - GRECC, Miami, FL 33125, USA
Website: http://uhealthsystem.com/doctors/profile/1526
E-Mail: HFlorez@med.miami.edu
Interests: prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; evidence-based programs for healthy aging; osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency in elderly and minority populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the US, 79 million people have prediabetes while worldwide approximately 280 million are affected. The number of individuals with prediabetes may approach 400 million by 2030, contributing to the global burden of the diabetes. In response to this epidemic, several primary prevention trials, such as the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and studies in Finland, China, and India have shown the benefits of lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes risk. DPP demonstrated that modest weight loss, through diet and exercise, leads to a 58% risk reduction over 3 years (4 years delay over a decade in the onset of diabetes). However few individuals with prediabetes have achieved and sustained the weight loss goal proposed by the DPP. Most hospitals and other settings caring for those at high-risk for diabetes are not prepared to deliver DPP-like interventions. This special issue has a broad focus on prevention of diabetes, with the ultimate goal to continue building the scientific knowledge needed to reduce diabetes burden on high-risk individuals (overweight and obese patients, minority populations, the elderly, and women with history of gestational diabetes).  Both empirical and review papers on any topic relevant to diabetes prevention would be welcome. Papers on implementation (translation) of prevention strategies are especially encouraged.

Dr. Hermes J. Florez
Guest Editor


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  • implementation of diabetes prevention strategies in healthcare systems
  • school systems
  • community-based interventions
  • older adults
  • gestational diabetes
  • minority populations

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2003-2013; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202003
Received: 18 December 2013; in revised form: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 4939-4952; doi:10.3390/ijerph110504939
Received: 24 February 2014; in revised form: 1 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 May 2014 / Published: 7 May 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 5462-5486; doi:10.3390/ijerph110505462
Received: 31 January 2014; in revised form: 6 May 2014 / Accepted: 9 May 2014 / Published: 19 May 2014
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Last update: 2 May 2013

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