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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented?

Yes! Hearing that you have prediabetes is not a death sentence, but means you need to take action today. You don't have to do this alone. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help. It's the first step to a brighter future. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, and then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion. 

You will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

The Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Set and meet your goals
  • Build relationships with other participants 
  • Work as a group to meet challenges
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

What is the benefit of being part of a Diabetes Prevention Program? (Other than preventing a chronic disease that has no cure.)

The Diabetes Prevention Program is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

As part of the Diabetes Prevention Program group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

"A Change for Life" Video:

Click here to watch this video where experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits. 

Find out if you are at risk for prediabetes!

Click here to take the test and find out your score. If your score puts you at high risk, please make an appointment with your healthcare provider soon!  You may also download a paper version of the prediabetes risk test here: /image/cache/prediabetestest_CDC.pdf

Ask your provider about a Diabetes Prevention Program in your area. Click here  for a list of programs in North Dakota.