While there is no cure for diabetes, knowledge about diabetes and self-management skills can improve the experience of symptoms and overall quality of life for those living with diabetes. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the likeliness of developing type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. NDC3 offers evidence-based classes to address both of the above conditions.
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
As a participant of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, you will work with a trained lifestyle coach and other
participants to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. You will learn to eat healthy, add physical activity
to your life, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 4 months, then
meetings once or twice a month for the next 8 months to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle changes. By meeting
with others who have prediabetes you can celebrate each other’s successes and work together to overcome obstacles.
National DPP may be right for you if you:
- Are over the age of 18 and overweight
- Get little to no physical activity most days
- Have a history of high blood pressure, or gestational diabetes, or a parent or sibling with diabetes
Click here to take the prediabetes risk test and learn more!
Better Choices, Better Health: Diabetes
Better Choices, Better Health: Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.
Diabetes self-management education and support
Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) are services tailored to meet the individual needs of patients related to diabetes. DSMES is offered by experienced healthcare professional (such as a registered nurse, registered dietitian or pharmacist) and is often associated with a healthcare organization.
Community-based programs should not replace participation in DSMES services.
The most important times for diabetes education through DSMES are:
- When you’re diagnosed with diabetes
- As part of your annual assessment of education, nutrition, or emotional well-being
- When new complications arise
- During changes in your healthcare team or treatment
Diabetes education is covered annually by many insurance plans.
Talk to the physician that manages your diabetes about getting referred to a program near you, and start on the path to a healthier life!