The National Diabetes Prevention Program
To address the growing problems of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program, which is an evidence-based program focused on helping participants make positive lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and getting more physical activity. This section provides information about the National DPP lifestyle change program and additional resources.
The National DPP lifestyle change program is a year-long intervention that is delivered in person, online, through distance learning, or through a combination approach in group settings. Research shows that people with prediabetes who take part in this structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).
This section provides information and resources on research studies and evaluations that have repeatedly shown that the National DPP lifestyle change program improves health outcomes and is cost-effective or cost-saving.
When considering coverage of the National DPP lifestyle change program, many public and private payers weigh the costs of covering the program for their employees or members with the value they could achieve. This page explores the key concepts related to creating a value proposition for covering the program as well as the evidence and tools available to help organizations substantiate the benefits of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
Translational studies, large-scale program implementations, and decisions by public and commercial payers to cover prevention programs have evolved the understanding of and access to the National DPP lifestyle change program. This section presents a twenty-year timeline of that history.
Many health plans are already engaged and find value in offering the National DPP lifestyle change program to their members. This section provides a list of health plans, employers, and states that have publicly indicated they are offering the program.
While there is currently not a prediabetes-focused quality measure, other metrics exist and can be used to help ensure that prediabetes screening activities drive participation into programs leading to a decrease in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes.
A key aspect of sustaining the National DPP lifestyle change program is generating stakeholder and community support. States should leverage existing resources in building this support. This section provides information and links to these additional initiatives.