National Diabetes Prevention Program

Published On 05/24/2013

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can prevent or delay the disease with some simple lifestyle changes. We’re partnering with the National Diabetes Prevention Program to help guide you to better health.

Group Meetings for Diabetes Prevention

The Methodist Healthcare/National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes. You’ll attend free group meetings with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make healthy changes—such as losing weight, increasing physical activity, and managing stress.

In group sessions, you’ll meet people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, and then once a month for 6 months.

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

More Information

National Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered free of charge at Methodist Germantown Hospital and Methodist University Hospital. Please contact Kristy Merritt at 901 516-6616 or Kristy.Merritt@mlh.org.

About Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, a serious disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are above normal. It can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

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).
  • Have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

About 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, but most people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and have the health issues listed above.

Early Treatment Can Help

Because early treatment can prevent you from developing diabetes, it’s important to find out early if you’re at risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce your chances of developing the disease. You can assess your risk of developing diabetes using the quiz below.

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