Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based year-long lifestyle change program to help participants at risk for type 2 diabetes adopt sustainable, healthy lifestyle choices and achieve weight loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

DPP Patient Journey

Step 1

Receive DPP referral from provider, community organization, or self-referral

dpp patient journey step 1

Step 2

  • Complete screening call with Brancati Center staff
  • Enroll in yearlong program

dpp patient journey screening

Step 3

First 6 months: 20 weekly group sessions
Last 6 months: 13 biweekly group sessions
Goals: >150 minutes of physical activity per week and improved nutrition

dpp patient journey group sessions

Step 4

Program completion
Goal: 5-7% weight loss

dpp patient journey completion


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To participate in the program, patients would need to meet these requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • A body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if Asian)
  • Not diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Not pregnant

and patients must also meet one of these criteria:

A blood test that includes any of these results:

  • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4%
  • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL
  • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 g glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL

Criteria Overview

Program Elements  Description
Eligibility Age 18 or older, BMI 25 or greater (23 or greater if Asian)
Setting Group of approximately 15 participants
Interventionist CDC-trained Lifestyle Coach
Location Various community- based sites or distance learning via Zoom. View our program locations.
Sessions Sessions last 60 minutes and occur weekly for months 1-6, biweekly for months 7-12. 33 total sessions focused on healthy nutrition, physical activity, weight loss, and long-term behavior change.
Program Goals 150 min/week or more of physical activity, weight loss of at least 5%
Oversight CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program

Program Benefits

DPP can reduce patient chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for individuals aged 60 and older) compared to usual care.

What does it offer patients?

Program offers:

  • CDC approved curriculum
  • Specially trained lifestyle coach
  • Group support
  • Tools to track nutrition, physical activity, and weight and to manage stress

Program Goals

Goals of the program include:

  • At least 5% weight loss
  • At least150 minutes/week of physical activity
  • HbA1c reduction of 0.2% or greater

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Program Locations

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Interest Form

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