Diabetes Prevention Programs Now Available in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, through Community Partners, is please to now offer the Diabetes Prevention Program!
If you are at-risk for diabetes or if you have pre-diabetes, you can take steps to reverse it.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes for those who are at risk.
About the Program
You’ll learn about how to eat healthier, how to add physical activity into your day, and how to manage your stress. Groups of 8 to 15 people start the program at the same time. The groups are led by a trained Lifestyle Coach who motivates you to make sustainable lifestyle changes that are right for you.
By enrolling in the Program, you’ll get one full year of support! The first six months you’ll meet once a week with your peers and lifestyle coach to get you started. Then for the next six months you’ll meet one time each month to stay on track. Some programs may vary on how many times you get together as a group.
People who successfully complete the program lose weight, eat better and see other positive health changes like:
- Lower blood sugar;
- Lower blood pressure; and
- Reduced cholesterol levels.
Many studies have shown that programs like DPP can help people meet their long-term health goals and lower their risk for diabetes.
Some insurance companies will cover the fee for the program, which ranges from $400-$500. Contact your insurance company to find out. Most programs also have lowered fees based on your annual income. Contact the DPP provider directly to see if you qualify for reduced fees.
For a list of programs in your area, Click here!