Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention and Lifestyle Change Program (NDPP), which is based on research lead by the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), helps prevent type 2 diabetes by 58% when participants lose 5% to 7 % of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).
To qualify for the program, a person must be overweight and at risk of developing diabetes. Many factors increase your risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes:
- Being 45 years of age or older.
- Having a family member with diabetes.
- Having a family background of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.
- Having had diabetes while being pregnant (gestational diabetes), or having given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
- Being physically active less than three times a week.
NDPP spans one year and participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach for 1 hour once a week for 16 weeks (4 months) and then once a month for 8 months. Participants learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can help prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes, including choosing healthier foods, losing weight, being more physically active and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges.
New classes are starting regularly. If you are interested or would like our brochure or get more information, please call us and ask for the Diabetes Prevention Program at (813) 559-4188.
Take the Pre-Diabetes Risk Test to see if you are at risk, and learn more about the program.