Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with the Lifestyle Change Program

Key points

  • Research shows that people who make certain lifestyle changes can cut their risk for type 2 diabetes in half.
  • They can also lower their risk of heart attack or stroke and improve their overall health.
  • All that while feeling better and having more energy for the things they love.
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The National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program was developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It was designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes but don't already have diabetes.

A trained Lifestyle Coach leads the program. They help you change certain lifestyle habits, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share your goals and struggles. It's delivered both in person and online.

This lifestyle change program is not a fad diet or an exercise class. And it's not a quick fix. It's a yearlong program focused on long-term changes and lasting results

A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you'll notice changes in how you feel. You may even notice changes in how you look.

"I like the program because of the group participation and nonjudgmental, supportive environment." Cynthia Oredugba, Lifestyle Coach

Already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?‎

If you've already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and want to learn how to manage it, see Living with Diabetes.


Improve your health

The lifestyle change program can help you lose weight by eating better and being more physically active. You'll also learn how to reduce stress. All these things will help lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and having a heart attack or stroke.

Feel better and more energetic

Many participants say they feel better and are more active than they were before the program. Imagine having more energy to do the things you love.

Be part of something bigger

By joining the lifestyle change program, you can be part of the national movement to prevent type 2 diabetes. Fewer cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States means:

  • Healthier communities
  • A healthier, more productive workforce
  • Lower health care costs for everyone

"This program has taught me how to eat healthy and find an exercise routine that works for my schedule." Jan Booker, program participant

Creating an action plan

Take the risk test and find a program

  1. First, find out if you're at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Take our online test.
  2. If you're at high risk, talk to a health care professional about getting a blood sugar test.
  3. If you have prediabetes, join the lifestyle change program. Visit Find a Program to find a local or online program that works for you. If you'd first like to learn more about the program, continue on to the About the Lifestyle Change Program page.
  • Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, Knowler WC, Fowler SE, Hamman RF, Christophi CA, Hoffman HJ, Brenneman AT, Brown-Friday JO, Goldberg R, Venditti E, Nathan DM. 10-year follow-up of diabetes incidence and weight loss in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lancet. 2009;374(9702):1677-86. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61457-4. Epub 2009 Oct 29. Available at
  • Tuomilehto J, Lindstrom J, Eriksson J, et al; Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study Group. Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus by changes in lifestyle among subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1343–1350. Available at