Diabetes Prevention

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About the National Diabetes Prevention Program

An image of a man and women hiking.The  National Diabetes Prevention Program, is a public health program that supports healthy lifestyle changes for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Trained lifestyle coaches deliver the program through 20 organizations across the state. Classes are available both in person or through distance learning (video conferencing). 

Diabetes Prevention Program Factsheet.

Vision

The Montana Diabetes Program is committed to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by utilizing sustainable community partnerships to provide primary prevention by emphasizing healthy lifestyle changes among high risk Montanans.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is about learning how to implement healthy, sustainable changes to your daily food choices and engage in regular physical activity that is enjoyable to you. These lifestyle changes can help you lose weight, feel better and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This program is facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches who provide guidance and support throughout the program. You will also be surrounded with other participants who are experiencing similar challenges and together, you will learn from and support each other along your lifestyle change journey.

Eligibility Criteria

Adults 18 or older, are eligible if they are overweight, have medical clearance and have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Pre-diabetes (diagnosed by A1C, fasting plasma glucose, or oral glucose tolerance test)
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
  • Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)

People who have completed this program gain confidence and learn new life skills. This year-long program consists of 1-hour group classes offered weekly then transitions to monthly. You will learn how to make better food choices, be more active, and manage stress and other challenges to help you lose weight and feel better.

An estimated 54,000 Montanans have prediabetes, but it is manageable and reversible.

Find out if you are at risk by taking this quick quiz.

About 88 million American adults have prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don't know they have it. The original Diabetes Prevention Program study showed a 58% reduction in the incidence rate of diabetes in those who participated in the lifestyle change program. Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes, the   Community Preventive Services Task Force  now recommends programs like the National DPP's lifestyle change program.

Prevent Diabetes Stat for Partners, Patients, and the Public

Find a Diabetes Prevention Program in Montana by going to our Diabetes Prevention Story Map.

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Additional Resources

For more information related to type 2 diabetes risk factors and prevention, please visit these national organizations:


Questions and comments about the National DPP lifestyle change program in Montana can be sent to the  Health Education Specialist Kara Hughes .