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About Diabetes

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.

Diabetes is a serious health threat.

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

The High Cost of Diabetes

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People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people without diabetes.1

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Diabetes causes DC workers to miss 39,000 days of work each year, losing millions in income.2

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Every year, people with diabetes can have double the medical costs than people without diabetes.3

Diabetes is the 9th leading cause of death in the District of Columbia.4

People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people without diabetes.5

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and often causes kidney failure.6

Diabetes is preventable.

By making lifestyle changes, people with pre-diabetes can stop diabetes before it starts. Without lifestyle changes, up to 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop diabetes within five years.

Take the the first step by learning about diabetes prevention classes held in local DC communities. If you are an employer or insurer, learn how you can cover lifestyle change programs as a health benefit.

Interested in a lifestyle change program?
Find a class near you:

Sources: (1) American Diabetes Association, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chronic Disease Cost Calculator v2. (3) District of Columbia Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Diabetes in the District of Columbia Fact Sheet 2012. (4) District of Columbia Department of Health, 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). (5) District of Columbia Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Diabetes in the District of Columbia Fact Sheet 2012. (6) National Kidney Foundation, A to Z Health Guide.

Diabetes Prevention Action Steps for DC Residents

1. Find out more about diabetes

2. Assess your risk

3. Find out more about NDPP

  • Ask your employer about NDPP in the District.
  • Call your health insurance company to find out if NDPP is part of your plan.
  • Use this site to find a diabetes prevention program and lifestyle coach in your neighborhood.

4. Participate in NDPP

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

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

Interested in a lifestyle change program?
Find a class near you:
Diabetes is a serious threat to the health of DC residents.

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

Diabetes is the 9th leading cause of death in the District of Columbia.1

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

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and often causes kidney failure.3

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.