DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. This year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity intro their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for 6 months and then monthly for 6 months. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
Am I At Risk for Diabetes?
- You may have prediabetes or be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45+ years
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week
- Ever had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
Prediabetes Can Lead to Serious Health Problems
If you have prediabetes and don't lose weight or increase your physical activity, you could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to:
- Heart attack
- Stroke, blindness
- Kidney failure
- Loss of toes, feet, or legs
What Can You Do?
Find out if you have prediabetes.
- Take the online quiz
- Talk to your healthcare provider and ask to be tested for prediabetes.
- Join DPP!
JCDPH has two certified lifestyle change coaches who lead DPP:
- Lee Lillard, RD, CDE
- Janelle Messer
For questions about DPP, call 587-8238 or view this brochure.