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Diabetes Prevention

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 Prevent Diabetes

1. Find out more about diabetes

  • Read the fact sheet about Diabetes in the District to learn more about Type 2 diabetes.
  • Visit the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) website. NDPP is a program that is proven to help some people prevent diabetes.

2. Know your risk

3. Get Help – Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes

4. Participate in NDPP

  • Attend NDPP classes.
  • Encourage friends and family to attend.

5. Make Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes

NUTRITION: Getting the right nutrition can help you manage diabetes or prevent it. Learn about eating a balanced diet:

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Interested in a lifestyle change program?
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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.