MSU Extension Offering Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program

You can learn how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes together with other Michigan residents in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) on-line lifestyle change program offered by Michigan State University Extension.  The program series starts Wednesday April 27th.  Guided by two trained MSU Extension lifestyle coaches, groups of participants learn skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Tracie Abram, Extension Health Educator and NDPP Life Coach. “The National Diabetes Prevention program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. National Diabetes Prevention program groups meet for a year — once a week for the first eight weeks, bi-weekly the second eight weeks, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The National Diabetes Prevention program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent! Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is offered virtually using Zoom.  Michigan State University Extension will be providing a series starting April 27, 2022, meeting on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 am EST.  Contact Tracie Abram, MSU Extension Health Educator and a NDPP Lifestyle Coach at 906-235-2985 or to find out more and to pre-register.   Abram states that “small changes can add up to a big difference!”  “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, program participants are making lasting changes together.”


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The National Diabetes Prevention Program is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes.

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