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National Diabetes Prevention Program Overview

Research has shown that investing in type 2 diabetes prevention can slow or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes or who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—resulting in reduced costs and healthier populations. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke.”

To address this problem, CDC established the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), which is a partnership of public and private organizations that provide the framework for type 2 diabetes prevention efforts in the U.S. One component of the National DPP is the National DPP lifestyle change program. This program is founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study and several translation studies that followed.

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On average, the cost per DPP participant is roughly $500 for the 12-month program.1
$237 billion is spent each year on direct medical costs and another $90 billion on reduced productivity.2

2American Diabetes Association. Economic costs of diabetes in the US in 2017. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(5):917–928.