To help curb this epidemic, the Diabetes Prevention Center, a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, offers the Diabetes Prevention Program to help people reduce the risk, delay the onset or even prevent Type 2 diabetes.
An upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program will take place at Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Savidge St. An informational session will take place Wednesday, March 28, and again Wednesday, April 4, both from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The first session of the clinic is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11.
DPP is an evidence-based, yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
On April 1, Medicare Parts B and C will begin covering DPP for its members who qualify. Additionally, if you have health insurance through Priority Health or U-M Premier Care/Blue Care Network, your insurance will be billed for the program. Some Priority Health plans have a co-pay. Additional payment options are available.
To find out if you qualify or for additional questions, you can attend one of the information sessions, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp, or call the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455. Also call the center to register for the program.
DPP workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches during weekly one-hour group sessions and eight monthly sessions that follow. 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. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same lifestyle changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
Past DPP participant Ginger Sobel, who took the program in Grand Haven from 2016-17, said she enjoyed being in a group setting and having other people who were in the same situation to lean on. She said she also found immense support from her lifestyle coaches, who she described as “passionate, caring and attentive.”
Sobel said she is grateful for the healthy path the Diabetes Prevention Program has led her on, and said that her health is now one of her top priorities.
“It took me a couple of months to start feeling comfortable with the changes I was making, but I’ve made it work for me,” she said.
To find out if you may have prediabetes, or if you are at risk for it, you can: ask your doctor if you are at risk, take the risk test at www.nkfm.org/dpp, or call the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455. The risk test will also be provided at the information session.