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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PTI is ready to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program!

PTI is ready to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program!

Practice Transformation Institute has lifestyle coaches who can bring the year-long National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to prediabetics in an organization or community setting. This empowering program was developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. It is evidenced-based with research showing that lifestyle modifications can cut the risk of type 2 diabetes in half. The program encourages collaboration among federal agencies, community-based organizations, insurers, employers, health care professionals and other stakeholders. Due to this nationwide push, it is growing in leaps and bounds to help stop the ongoing threat of prediabetes in the United States.

Prediabetes is identified when a blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough for someone to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Eighty-six million adults in the United States have prediabetes, with nine out of ten people not knowing they have it.

The risk for prediabetes and diabetes is higher if the person is:

·         Overweight or obese
·         Has a family history of the disease
·         Aged 45 or older
·         Not physically active
·         Had diabetes while pregnant
·         Is African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander

This lifestyle changing program consists of:

·         A year-long commitment of participants to:
o   Eat healthier
o   Include physical activity into their daily lives
o   Incorporate problem-solving strategies to maintain positive lifestyle changes
·         A small group setting with others making the same achievable changes
·         Sixteen sessions during the first six months to provide core learning
·         Six sessions for the last six months to reinforce and build on content
·         A  lifestyle coach trained by an approved organization
o   Coaches motivate and encourage
o   Build on group dynamics to reach successful outcomes for participants

To participate in the NDPP, a person must be overweight and already have been diagnosed with prediabetes or be at high risk. Prediabetes is determined by one of the following blood test results:
·         Fasting plasma glucose between 100 – 125 mg/d
·         A1C between 5.7% and 6.4%
·         Two hour plasma glucose between 140 – 199 mg/dl

A combination of risk factors such as family history, being overweight or obese, having gestational diabetes and inactivity can also put a person at risk making them eligible for the NDPP.

An online test to see diabetes risk is on our PTI website, along with a CDC video that discusses the program.

We hope that providers will recommend the NDPP to those at risk for type 2 diabetes. Patients look to their health care providers more than any other source for information on promoting health and preventing disease.

If you’d like to learn more about how PTI can deliver the NDPP to your organization or community setting, please contact Harmony at or 248.475.4736.