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What to do if you’re diagnosed with prediabetes

If your blood test confirms you have prediabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends you start eating healthier, losing weight, and getting more physical activity.

Luckily, there are many ways you can get help.

Learn about the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). The National DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working to reduce the growing problem of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.1

The public and private organizations work to make it easier for people with prediabetes to engage in evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle-change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. There are hundreds of programs around the country that can teach you how to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity to your daily routine, and improving coping skills. There may be one in a community near you. If not, you can also participate online.1

What can you expect from a National DPP lifestyle-change program?

  • Work with a trained lifestyle coach
  • Learn about choosing healthier foods and increasing physical activity
  • Discover new techniques for changing harmful behaviors that contribute to your condition
  • Get support from other people in your community who have similar goals and challenges

National DPP lifestyle-change programs are one year long.

When you join a lifestyle-change program recognized by the National DPP, you know you’re in good hands. They meet very high standards and follow strict guidelines. Every day, these programs help thousands of people stay focused and motivated to make healthier lifestyle decisions. It’s expected that National DPP may be covered by Medicare in 2018.

Find a diabetes prevention program. If you can’t find a group near you, you’ll find links to programs you can do online.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is the National DPP? Available at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/about/. Accessed October 5, 2016.

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