Diabetes prevention

What Is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

A study done by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group in 2002 showed that Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented in adults at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by making moderate lifestyle changes. As a result, the Center for Disease Control created a National Diabetes Prevention Program that is modeled after the original study. The University of Utah offers this program for adults at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes affects nearly 29 million people in the US today. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, because prediabetes affects nearly 86 million people in the US. Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to meet criteria for diabetes. People who have prediabetes are at a higher risk for diabetes than people who have normal blood sugar levels.

Participate in the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program

The program lasts for 12 months and covers science-based education and lifestyle changes. It will be offered every four to six months at University Of Utah locations. The program will help you to:

  • Learn about healthy food choices.
  • Build physical activity into your life.
  • Lose weight.
  • Decrease your risk of diabetes.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be 18 or older

Apply to join our program and take our Diabetes Risk Quiz to see if you are eligible for the program.

Contact 801-213-8720 or email DPP@utah.edu to see if you qualify for a scholarship.