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Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program
If you have prediabetes or are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you may qualify to participate in the American Association of Diabetes Educators National Diabetes Prevention Program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Offered at UAB, the program is an evidence-based lifestyle change course designed to help you make a change for life and prevent type 2 diabetes. Please watch the video above to learn more about the program. 

What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are above normal. Too much glucose in the blood is bad for your body. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week;
  • Ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds;
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes); or
  • Have been diagnosed with prediabetes.


Prediabetes is an elevated blood glucose (sugar) level that is not quite high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes. Most people with prediabetes do not even know they have it.

People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and have health issues such as heart disease; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs than are those with normal blood glucose levels. According to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in 10 people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

Because early treatment can prevent you from developing type 2 diabetes, it is important to find out early if you are at risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce your risk.

What Is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

The UAB National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes. During this program, you will meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make changes to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes as you are. Together you can celebrate successes and figure out ways to overcome obstacles. Groups meet once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for 6 months.

The CDC supports this program. The curriculum is based on research that found people can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight (about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds) by improving food choices and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.

How do I Qualify for this Program?
If you are 18 years of age or older, have a BMI of ≥ 24 kg/m2 (≥22 if Asian), have had a blood test within the past year indicating that you have prediabetes or if you have a history of gestational diabetes, you may qualify for this program

How Do I Participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

Call 205.801.8711 today to talk with our program coordinator to learn more about the program and to find out the location and dates of our next group session; or, fill out the form below and our program coordinator will contact you. Join today and make a change for life.

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