Diabetes Prevention Program

UNMC's Diabetes Prevention Program at EngAge Wellness

This one-year program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It is a proven lifestyle change intervention that has been shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients.

UNMC’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research examining the effects of structured lifestyle change interventions.  The research showed that weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of body weight, achieved by reducing calories and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for the disease.  For people over 60 years old, the program reduced risk by 71 percent.  A follow-up study found, after 10 years, those who had participated in the earlier lifestyle change intervention had a 34 percent lower rate of type 2 diabetes.

Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for 8 months to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.

In addition, patients participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program are given the option of a discounted three-month introductory trial participation in the EngAge Wellness program (if they are not already a participant), where they receive an individualized fitness program.

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for 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 3 times per week
*Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

Could you have prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs.

To take the CDC's Prediabetes Screening Test, click the link that's listed on the right-hand column.

Click here for more details on the upcoming class!

To see if you are qualified, or for further information about program fees, please contact Jeannie Hannan, PhD 402-552-7210.