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Diabetes Management

Did you know the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) can prevent diabetes?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a tested program that works. NDPP helps people with pre-diabetes change their lifestyle to decrease their risk of getting diabetes. NDPP is offered by workplaces, hospitals and health centers.

Take Action to Manage Diabetes

What is Diabetes Self-Management?
Self-management is a key skill that will help you throughout your life and involves setting goals and managing your time.

Changes in diet and lifestyle have been shown to help with self-managing diabetes. Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs, also known as DSME, can help you manage your diabetes, prevent complications, and take control of diabetes symptoms such as tiredness, pain, and depression.

DSME is a program covered by Medicare and many insurance plans. The District of Columbia offers several DSME classes across all wards. Click HERE to find the closest DSME class near you.

What are some lifestyle actions you can do RIGHT NOW to help you manage diabetes?
Be sure to consult your health care professional before starting a lifestyle change program or making changes in your exercise routine or diet.

Click on a lifestyle action to learn more:

Want to find a local diabetes management program?
There are more than a dozen diabetes management programs in the District of Columbia. Find one near you:
Find a Local Program
Getting the right nutrition can help you manage diabetes or prevent it. Learn more about eating a balanced diet:
DC Residents: Take Action to Manage Diabetes

Changes in diet and lifestyle have been shown to help with managing diabetes. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine notes that “a plant-based diet can prevent, reverse, and manage diabetes.”

Here are 6 lifestyle actions that can help manage diabetes. Be sure to consult your health care professional before starting a lifestyle change program or making changes in your exercise routine or diet.

Click on a lifestyle action to learn more:

Want to find a local diabetes management program?
There are more than 20 diabetes management programs in our local directory. Find one near you:
Find a Local Program
Getting the right nutrition can help you manage diabetes or prevent it. Learn more about eating a balanced diet:
Diabetes threatens the health of DC residents.

Overall, 9.1% of all DC residents have diabetes. That rate is the same as the total US population who have diabetes. The rate of diabetes varies from ward to ward. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the disease.

In some DC communities, diabetes rates are DOUBLE the national rate. Are you from a high risk area? Are your employees or health plan members from one?

Certified Diabetes Prevention Programs are proven to help people fight diabetes by helping them change their lifestyles. Find a program near you or Browse other diabetes prevention and support resources.

Diabetes in DC by Race/Ethnicity

Sources: CDC, Sortable Risk Factors and Health Indicators/BRFSS 2014; District of Columbia Department of Health, 2014 BRFSS

Source: District of Columbia Department of Health, 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney disease, heart attack and strokes.1

People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people without diabetes.2

Sources: (1) District of Columbia Department of Health, 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). (2) District of Columbia Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Diabetes in the District of Columbia Fact Sheet 2012. (3) National Kidney Foundation, A to Z Health Guide.