A prevention program backed
by the CDC

Once a diagnosis of prediabetes is confirmed, patients should begin making immediate lifestyle changes to prevent their condition from worsening, and ideally, to reverse its course.

These changes—notably, losing weight, eating healthier, and getting more physical activity—are a steep challenge for many patients.

To help patients along the path to recovery—and to help counter this spiraling epidemic—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP).

The National DPP is a nationwide network of lifestyle intervention programs administered by local hospitals, health care centers, and community organizations. These programs must meet strict standards set by the CDC.

The National DPP is no quick fix. On the contrary, it requires a year-long commitment to making permanent changes, mostly around diet and exercise, in order to bring about lasting improvement.

  • Available in person or online
  • Supervised by a trained lifestyle coach
  • Emphasizes healthier eating and more physical activity
  • Focuses on adopting new habits, learning new skills, and building confidence
  • Establishes a community of participants who can commiserate, share their struggles, and support one another’s progress

A landmark announcement

In early 2016, the National DPP became the first preventive health program since the passage of the ACA (Obamacare) to be eligible for expanded coverage under Medicare.

The decision to cover the National DPP was prompted by data showing that, over the course of a 15-month trial period, Medicare saved $2,650 for each person enrolled in the program.1

With hundreds of National DPP programs available nationwide, most patients have one in their area. They should contact their local program directly for information on dates, times, and costs, which might be covered by an employer or insurance carrier.

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1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Press Release: hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/23/independent-experts-confirm-diabetes-prevention-model-supported-affordable-care-act-saves-money.html, March 23, 2016.