The Program

Prevention of Diabetes

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is part of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. It helps people at risk learn how to make lifestyle changes and stick to them. As part of a small, supportive group, you’ll learn how to eat healthier, lose weight, and incorporate more physical activity into your life. A trained coach will guide the group in how to make better choices over the course of 16 one-hour weekly sessions. After that, you’ll meet monthly, for one full year of the program. It’s helpful, it’s enlightening and it works.

FACT

The DPP reduces the risk of new cases of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 71% in people over the age of 60.

Is the program right for you?

Are you ready to change? Let’s find out. On a scale of 1 – 10, how ready are you to:

  • Consistently track your food?
  • Commit to 30 minutes daily of physical activity?
  • Commit to weight loss?
  • Weigh in weekly?
  • Attend weekly meetings for 16 weeks?

If you weren’t at least a “7” in at least 3 categories, consider if this is the right time for you to join DPP.

 

Are you qualified?

To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes. Not sure if that’s you? Take the Risk Test to determine your risk for diabetes. Your doctor can also tell you if you’re at risk through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dl
    • For Medicare to pay for the program you need a fasting plasma glucose between 110-125 mg/dl
  • A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • 2-hour Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dl

Family history of diabetes as well as a history of gestational diabetes are also major risk factors.

 

How does it work?

What to expect from the Diabetes Prevention Program.

In a small group led by a trained lifestyle coach, you’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year of the Diabetes Prevention Program. As a participant, you’ll be working towards losing 5%-7% of your starting body weight and being physically active for 150 minutes per week.

What to expect from your coach.

Your lifestyle coach will support you throughout the year-long program. You’ll have access to the coach during class as well as support outside of class through email, text messages, phone calls, or personal notes. Coaches are there to support you when you’re struggling, and further encourage you when you’re doing well. Your coach will stay engaged with you however works best for you.

Does it work?

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the CDC, the Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the risk of new cases of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 71% in people over the age of 60. As a program participant, you’ll be working towards losing 5%-7% of your starting body weight and being physically active for 150 minutes per week. We promise to be with you every step of the way!

About the workshops

During the workshop you’ll learn a number of things to help you toward your goal of avoiding diabetes including:

  • The good and the bad of fat
  • Portion control
  • Barriers to being active
  • Making physical activity a way of life
  • Ways to avoid slipping up
  • The effect of stress on your body
  • Taking and keeping control
This program changed my understanding of what ‘exercise’ really is…I try to take extra walks with my dog as a way to increase my activity level.”

Gretchen Ada, MI

What makes it work so well?

The combination of passionate staff and lifestyle coaches, experience, dedication and knowledge make this program one of the best ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Other factors include:

  • Adapting your lifestyle to the program, not the other way around, so that results are permanent.
  • A class setting where you can talk to the coach and learn from other participants is crucial to success.
  • The DPP keeps you interested and engaged by bringing topics to life, and making them fun and interactive, while also educational.
  • The program is challenging, but that’s why having a trained coach who has been in your shoes and participants who are walking the same path is so crucial to your success.
The program opened my eyes…the benefits from what I learned will stay with me for a lifetime.”

Doug Taylor, MI

Don’t take our word for it.

Stories from people like you.

At a recent appointment with my doctor, I found out that I am no longer prediabetic and my glucose levels are normal. When DPP came along, my life changed. I’m managing my eating and losing weight. Please continue to bring this class to others to improve their health.”

Betania Alvarez Grand Rapids, MI

This program had a light at the end of the tunnel that seemed like it could actually do something for me. This was the first program I tried that was a real lifestyle change and not a diet.”

Alan Zander Farmington Hills, MI

Among the program’s many strengths are the enthusiastic instructors who lead meetings and are available in between to encourage and answer questions.”

Mary Jo Frank Dexter, MI

Health Insurance Coverage

The Diabetes Prevention Center funds the Diabetes Prevention Program through a mix of sponsorships, grants, employers, insurance reimbursement and self-pay.

Medicare
Priority Health
Health Alliance Plan
University of Michigan Blue Care Network Premier Care
Grant Funding
Self-Pay

Medicare Part B and C

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Medicare Part B and C beneficiaries. For Medicare to cover your cost there will be benchmarks for you to meet, including class attendance and weight loss. DPP will be a one time benefit, meaning Medicare will pay for participants to enroll one time only.

Medicare requires that participants have lab results in the ranges below. The blood test must have been taken within the last year. Please bring a copy of lab results to your information session.

  • Hemoglobin A1C 5.7%-6.4%
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) 110-125 mg/dL
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) 140-199 mg/DL

Priority Health

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Priority Health Commercial members who have a prediabetes blood test result in the range shown below, a history of gestational diabetes or are at high risk for diabetes as determined by risk test available here: risk test link. If you have blood test results, please bring proof to the first information session.

  • Hemoglobin A1C 5.7%-6.4%
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) 100-125 mg/dL
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) 140-199 mg/DL

Health Alliance Plan

The Diabetes Prevention Program will be a covered benefit for eligible Health Alliance Plan (HAP) Medicare Advantage and HAP Midwest Health Plan beneficiaries. For HAP to cover your cost there will be benchmarks for you to meet, including class attendance and weight loss. DPP will be a one time benefit, meaning HAP will pay for participants to enroll one time only.

To be eligible, HAP participants must have lab results in the ranges below. The blood test must have been taken within the last year. Please bring a copy of lab results to your information session.

  • Hemoglobin A1C 5.7%-6.4%
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) 110-125 mg/dL
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) 140-199 mg/DL

University of Michigan Blue Care Network Premier Care

The Diabetes Prevention Program is covered for University of Michigan employees and dependents with Blue Care Network who have Hemoglobin A1C blood test results between 5.7%-6.4% taken within the last year. Please bring hemoglobin A1C results to the first information session.

Grant Funding

If you live in Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Muskegon, or Washtenaw County the Diabetes Prevention Program may be covered by community grant funding. Attend an information session to learn more.

Self-Pay

There are many payment options available including use of flexible spending accounts, payment plans and scholarships. Please attend an information session to learn more.

Referrals to another program

If you don’t qualify right now for the Diabetes Prevention Program, or if you’re not quite ready for the year long program, please take a look at some of the no-cost programs offered by the Diabetes Prevention Center and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)

PATH is designed to benefit adults with chronic or ongoing health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, and depression. It is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions each week. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend. Do you have diabetes, kidney disease, or chronic pain? There is a PATH program specifically for you.

Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a physical activity program for adults that is designed to improve functional fitness and well being. Functional fitness means keeping strong, balanced, and flexible to retain the ability to do the daily activities of life that you normally would do.