Diabetes prevention

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Why Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?

DPP helps you learn lifestyle changes through simple steps at no cost to eligible PEBB members. More effective than medication, lifestyle changes are the key to:

  • Improve your health.
  • Feel better and more energetic.
  • Build confidence by learning new habits and skills.

Clinical research shows lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 60 percent.

What is DPP?

Designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, DPP consists of 25 one-hour sessions led by specially trained lifestyle coaches. The sessions offer peer support from others with shared goals and struggles.

Watch A Change for Life: The National Diabetes Prevention Program to learn more.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal. About 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90 percent do not know they have it.

Am I eligible for DPP?

To join DPP at no cost, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • 18 years or older.
  • Enrolled in a PEBB medical plan.
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25; or ≥ 22 if Asian. BMI calculator).
  • No previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Meet one of the following:
    1. Score 9 or higher on the diabetes prevention risk quiz.
    2. Previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
    3. Blood sugar test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
      • Fasting plasma glucose: 100—125 mg/dL.
      • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%—6.4%.
      • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140—199 mg/dL.

What if I am eligible?

Call 206-344-3181 to get started.

What if I already have diabetes?

Contact your plan to find out about their diabetes support.