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The National Diabetes Prevention Program
(National DPP)

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (also known as the National DPP) is a year-long, evidence-based program that helps participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing 5-7% of their body weight through lifestyle change, stress management, and peer support.1

In the National DPP, participants learn how to:

  • Eat healthy and measure portions
  • Add physical activity to daily life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out and in social situations

To be eligible for the National DPP, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian) Check your BMI here
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Not be pregnant

In addition, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Have a recent blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year (must have a recent blood test if enrolling in a program covered by Medicare):

    Result A1C Test Glucose Tolerance Test Fasting Blood
     Sugar Test
    Prediabetes 5.7% - 6.4% 140- 199 mg/dL 100 - 125 mg/dL
  • Have received a result of high risk for type 2 diabetes on the prediabetes risk test.
  • Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Click here to find a National Diabetes Prevention Program near you.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Recognized Lifestyle Change Program Home.

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