Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Could You Have Prediabetes? Take the Risk Test

Approximately 84 million American adults- more than 1 out of 3, have prediabetes.

Of those 90% don't know they have it.

Prediabetes is a health issue where a person's blood glucose is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. If a person does not make some changes, diabetes is almost certain to become a reality.

The good news is that small changes can prevent or delay the onset of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

The program Prevent T2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) led by the Center for Disease Control. Research has shown that people who complete the program decrease their risk of developing diabetes by 58%. You can join this Free Prevent T2 program, offered at several places throughout our community, by calling 301-790-8675 or clicking here to find the day and time that works best for you. You will be assisted by a lifestyle coach who will support you through the journey toward weight loss, increasing activity and managing stress.

A message from Laurie, one of our diabetes care specialists:

As a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist for 20 years, I have seen how SMALL lifestyle changes in physical activity and food choices can have a BIG effect in preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes as well as controlling Type 2 diabetes.Laurie Sandberg

The Diabetes Prevention Program- Prevent T2 (DPP) will assist you in identifying how to choose foods, how to increase movement and how to identify and better control stress.

These changes are easier when you have support. That support can come from family, friends or other people who are on the same path toward lifestyle change.

Prevent T2 (DPP) offers that support and encouragement in a group setting under the guidance of a trained lifestyle coach. You don’t have to do it alone. Consider joining a group today!!

If you would like more information, please contact Laurie Sandberg, B.S.N., RN, CDCES at 301-790-8907.

How Can You Control It?

  • Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight by exercising more, reducing portion sizes and recording what you eat.
  • Eat well. Build a healthy plate of half leafy greens, a quarter lean protein and a quarter whole grain. Plan your meals and learn about good nutrition.
  • Be active by walking every day, using the stairs whenever possible and wearing an activity tracker. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week.

Risk factors for prediabetes include age (especially after 45 years of age); being overweight; a family history of diabetes; having an African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander ethnic background; having gestational diabetes; having given birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more; and being physically inactive.

If you are concerned about prediabetes, talk to your primary care physician about tests to detect the condition.

Unable to attend our program? Review the CDC resource guide here.

Diabetes Prevention Program