Resources for Health Professionals

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.

  • This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes.
  • Participation in this program also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and its complications.
  • The lifestyle change program is a year-long program that begins with weekly sessions that transition to monthly sessions with trained lifestyle coaches who empower participants to take charge of their health.
  • Clinicians are encouraged to identify high risk persons in their practice and refer these persons to a Diabetes Prevention Program to take advantage of this preventive service.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Support (DSMES) is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for diabetes self-care as well as activities that assist a person in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis, beyond or outside of formal self-management training.


Pharmacies are frequently the first line of contact for questions and information.

Quality Diabetes Education

Quality Diabetes Education Initiative (QDEI) is a program from the Montana Diabetes Program offering resources to healthcare professionals wanting to develop, improve or maintain their knowledge and skills regarding diabetes care and self-management education and support (DSMES). It assists both individual diabetes care and education specialist and the program or services in which diabetes care is provided.

Lifestyle Coach

Lifestyle Coach Resources - A one stop resource for Lifestyle coaches.

For more information, please contact the Montana Diabetes Program