Diabetes prevention

The Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take steps that may reverse prediabetes and help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

About the Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) focuses on prediabetes. At this early stage, practical, everyday steps may reverse prediabetes and help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyle changes are the key. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, type 2 diabetes threatens 1 in 3 Americans, and 90 percent of these people don't know they're at risk. DPP works with your health plan to help you:

  1. Know your prediabetes risk.
  2. Find out if you have prediabetes.
  3. Learn how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Eligibility requirements

DPP is available at no cost to PEBB Program members if you:

  • Are at least age 18.
  • Are enrolled in a PEBB Program medical plan.
  • Don't have Medicare as your primary insurance.
  • Meet DPP blood sugar criteria (a blood sugar test result in the prediabetes range), or a score 9 or higher on the Risk Quiz.
  • Meet body mass index (BMI) criteria.

How to sign up

There are two ways to sign up for DPP.

  1. Attend a Worksite testing event
  2. Find your health plan below and call the number.
  • Kaiser Permanente WA (formerly Group Health): 1-877-229-7111 ext. 706.
  • Kaiser Permanente NW: 1-866-301-3866.
  • Uniform Medical Plan: 1-877-229-7111 ext. 706.

Find out if you meet the DPP blood sugar and BMI criteria

  • Take the risk quiz
    Find out if you are at risk for developing diabetes (score of 9 or higher and meet the body mass index criteria).
  • Get a blood sugar test
    Work with your doctor or attend a worksite testing event to find out if you test in the prediabetes range. If your results are in the prediabetes range, you can sign up for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Worksite testing events

The PEBB Programs works to bring testing events to many state agencies and higher-education institutions throughout Washington. These events are available at no cost to eligible PEBB Program members. To find out about an upcoming event, contact your worksite wellness coordinator. If you need more help, or do not know who your worksite wellness coordinator is, contact Washington Wellness.

Blood sugar tests

The following tests can measure how much sugar is in your bloodstream. Find out if you fall in the prediabetes or diabetes range for each test type:

Blood sugar test types
Test type Prediabetes range Diabetes range

1. Fasting blood glucose test

Between 100 and 125 mg/dL Over 126 mg/dL

2. Oral glucose tolerance test

Between 140 and 199 mg/dL Over 200 mg/dL

3. A1C test

Between 5.7% to 6.4% Over 6.4%

DPP classes

The DPP provides a 16-week series of hour-long group coaching sessions held by specially trained coaches. The DPP classes include nutrition counseling, private weekly weigh-ins, a detailed program handbook, and follow-up monthly maintenance. Eligible PEBB Program members with prediabetes can join and learn simple steps to:

  • Eat healthier
  • Boost activity levels
  • Lose a modest amount of weight

Clinical research shows that following these steps can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 60 percent. If you're over the age of 60, your risk can be reduced by 70 percent. Lifestyle changes have been found to be more effective than medication.

If you already have diabetes

Contact your plan to find out about their diabetes support.