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What is the Diabetes Prevention Program? +
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), is a public–private partnership created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that is aimed at reducing diabetes and the resulting health burden and costs. The program offers proven, group-based lifestyle interventions to prevent and reduce type 2 diabetes.
Who qualifies for the program? +
To participate, a person needs to be 18 years or older and meet one of the following criteria.
Have been diagnosed with prediabetes from their nurse or doctor and have a BMI of >25.
Have a fasting plasma glucose of 100-125 with a BMI of >25.
Have an Hemoglobin A1c of 5.7-6.4 with BMI of >25.
The cost of individual DPP programs can vary from free (no cost) to $500.
How do I know that the program will benefit me or my patient? +
CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are based on years of research showing that a year-long, structured lifestyle change intervention reduced the incidence of diabetes by 58% among adults with prediabetes and by 71% among those aged 60 years or older. The same study showed a 31% reduction with metformin (type 2 diabetes medication) compared with placebo. The researchers concluded that the lifestyle intervention was significantly more effective than metformin.
And the results last. Even after 10 years, people who completed a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program had a 34% lower rate of type 2 diabetes.
Participating in a program to lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
What is the program and who conducts the training? +
CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are 16 weeks long with monthly maintenance classes for a combined total of one year. Trained lifestyle coaches assist participants in reaching their goal of losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight and reducing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Lifestyle coaches are trained to use a CDC-approved curriculum and have the knowledge and skills to effectively deliver the program. The lifestyle coach’s ability to support participants, provide guidance, and help groups work together effectively is essential for a successful lifestyle change program.
For organizations wishing to launch a DPP program in Florida and train lifestyle coaches, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is the Diabetes Prevention Program so important? +
The need to prevent diabetes is serious. Eighty-six million Americans now have prediabetes—that’s 1 out of 3 adults. Of those 86 million, 9 out of 10 of them don’t even know they have it.
Without intervention, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. With numbers like that, it’s important to learn about prediabetes and take action.