Diabetes Prevention Program
Are you concerned about the weight related risk of developing type 2 diabetes? If so, we have the program for you!
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) teaches you lifestyle changes to help you eat and drink healthier while also incorporating more movement into your day. This isn’t a fad diet but a program that gives you the tools to change your lifestyle for the better. Our lifestyle coaches will work with you and a small group over the course of one year, providing both education and emotional support to achieve your goals.
Who is the DPP intended for?
This program is intended for people who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but are at risk for becoming diabetic. This is a reversible in-between stage called pre-diabetes and that’s where we, your lifestyle coaches, can help! To see if you’re at risk for pre-diabetes go to https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/ and take the quiz.
How do we know this program will work for you?
The DPP is based on a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health that included more than 3,000 adults with pre-diabetes. The results are as follows:
● Participants given metformin (the standard medication to help prevent type 2 diabetes) only reduced their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 31%.
● DPP participants reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (almost two times better than metformin!).
● DPP participants over the age of 60 reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 71%.
Will my insurance cover the DPP?
The DPP is free for eligible Medicare part B beneficiaries that are clinically overweight¹ and have fasting blood work values² consistent with pre-diabetes. Non-medicare part B beneficiaries, patients already diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes or have end-stage renal disease are not eligible for free classes under Medicare part B. However, anyone over 18 and not currently pregnant, are welcome to join for an out of pocket cost. The DPP is FSA/HSA eligible! Click here for additional out of pocket information.
- 1. BMI≥25
- 2. A1c between 5.7% & 6.4%, a fasting blood glucose of 110-125mg/dL, or a 2 hour post glucose challenge of 140-199 mg/dL (all tests must be within the last 12 months)
The bottom line is that losing weight and adding more physical activity to your day lowers your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. As your lifestyle coaches, our job is to help you do this in a fun and sustainable fashion (no yo-yo dieting!) and keep the weight off with new lifelong habits. We can’t wait to be part of your journey!