National Diabetes Prevention Program

national diabetes prevention program logo

CDC works to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by expanding the reach of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). This evidence-based intervention teaches participants how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Since the National DPP was established in 2010, over 1,500 organizations have joined the CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program to deliver the National DPP. More than 100,000 people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes have participated in lifestyle change programs across the United States.

As of 2016, over 3 million state employees in 11 states have health insurance coverage for the National DPP. About 65 private insurance companies provide some form of coverage for the program. In 2016, the National DPP became the first preventive service program to become eligible for Medicare payment. About 22 million US adults with prediabetes aged 65 or older could directly benefit from the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, which will take effect in 2018.

Know Where You Stand Campaign image

In 2016, CDC, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Medical Association partnered with the Ad Council to develop the first national prediabetes awareness campaign. This campaign was designed to help people understand their risk of prediabetes and take steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

English and Spanish public service announcements encourage people to visit the DoIHavePrediabetes.orgexternal icon website to find out their prediabetes risk. The website features a short quiz, lifestyle tips, and links to CDC-recognized National DPP programs across the country. More than 1 million people have completed the prediabetes risk test.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of Diabetes Translation website. Reports to Congress. Accessed September 20, 2017.
  2. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009. L No. 111-148,external icon Title X, Sec 10407, 42 USC 247b-9a.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2017.
  4. Rutledge SA, Masalovich S, Blacher RJ, Saunders MM. Diabetes self-management education programs in nonmetropolitan counties — United States, 2016.external icon MMWR Surveill Summ. 2017;66(10):1–6.
  5. Beckles GL, Chou C. Disparities in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes — United States, 1999–2002 and 2011–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65(45):1265–1269.
  6. Luo H, Beckles GL, Zhang X, Sotnikov S, Thompson T, Bardenheier B. The relationship between county-level contextual characteristics and use of diabetes care services. pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB] J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014;20(4):401–410.
  7. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020 website. Social Determinants of Health. icon. Accessed September 1, 2017.
  8. Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Saydah S, et al. Prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents from 2001 to 2009. JAMA. 2014;311(17):1778–1786.
  9. Mayer-Davis EJ, Lawrence JM, Dabelea D, et al. Incidence trends of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youths, 2002–2012. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:1419–1429.
  10. Saydah S, Imperatore G, Cheng Y, Geiss LS, Albright A. Disparities in diabetes deaths among children and adolescents — United States, 2000–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017;66:502–505.
  11. Powers MA, Bardsley J, Cypress M, et al. Diabetes self-management education and support in type 2 diabetes: a joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.external icon J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(8):1323–1334.
  12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit website. Accessed May 25, 2017.
  13. The Policy Surveillance Program and ChangeLab Solutions. Health Insurance Coverage Laws for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training website. icon. Accessed May 25, 2017.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes State Burden Toolkit website. icon. Accessed May 25, 2017.
  15. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. National Diabetes Prevention Program Coverage Toolkit website. icon. Accessed July 13, 2017.

Page last reviewed: June 20, 2019