Diabetes Prevention Program

Across the country, diabetes-related conditions are rising. According to the CDC, type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But, research has shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle changes.

Diabetes specialists at the University of Michigan offer the Diabetes Prevention Program to support patients who have had a recent diagnosis of pre-diabetes, insulin resistance or a lab value indicating a risk of developing diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is recognized by the CDC for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Participants in DPP meet weekly in a group setting to share ideas about healthy lifestyle choices and meet with a registered dietitian.  The year-long program is structured around topics proven to improve health such as healthy eating, physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills. For participants in DPP, research has shown that the program is twice as effective as medication alone at preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Session topics include:

  • Eat well to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Become more active
  • Shop and cook to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Stay motivated
  • And more

Why Choose Michigan

Michigan’s DPP program offers participants further benefits such as:

U-M diabetes experts: Our DPP program is led by registered dietitians experienced in diabetes care in U-M’s MEND Clinic where diabetes patients receive specialized care. The team of providers is committed to lowering diabetes risk and preventing type 2 diabetes.

Progress reports for your doctor: Coordinating care between care providers can be challenging. That’s why U-M physicians have access to their patient’s class records to monitor progress and make changes to treatment if needed.

Continued support for program graduates: U-M DPP alumni are eligible for continued support following the completion of the one-year program. Diabetes Prevention’s support group welcomes program graduates for support in maintaining success with healthy potlucks, recipe sharing, and activities.

Program Cost

Program participants may have out-of-pocket expenses as most insurance do not provide coverage. However, the program is offered without charge to Blue Care Network, UM-Premiere Care members as part of a pilot program at the University of Michigan.

Feel free to contact us with questions and concerns. Call the Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes – Outpatient Diabetes Education Program at 734-998-2475, choose option 1.

Take the Next Step

The next available class starts February 6, 2017. Classes will be held Mondays, 5-6pm, at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

For more information about your eligibility and how to enroll, contact um-mend-dpp@med.umich.edu with your name and phone number.  Or call 734-998-2475 and select option 1.

Act now! Classes fill up fast.



Program Testimonials

“My experience was great!  I lost nearly 9.3% of my starting weight and feel much better as a result.  Shirley Kadoura's stewardship of the Diabetes Prevention program helped me transition from a real lousy diet regimen to eating healthy and reinforcing the need for metabolic fitness.”

“This program has been a motivational factor for me to get started in the right direction for my weight loss. It has been informative and educational. The program has given me the tools to continue on my healthy journey. You have been an awesome instructor, and I wanted to thank you very much for contacting me and following up. This program has been very beneficial.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the U of M Health System, for the Diabetes Prevention Program.  I’d also like to say how much our teacher Shirley Kadoura is appreciated by everyone in the class, and I’d like to thank U of M Health System for having someone like her on your staff. Shirley always made us feel our opinions were just as important as hers and also made us aware of how decisions we make regarding food choices impact our health. She is an excellent facilitator and teacher! The Diabetes Prevention Program has taught me that I can and do have the power and the means to change my health.  Because of this program, I’ve learned you have to go to someone you trust for the correct information on food choices. I believe that has been one of my problems in the past. I wasn’t getting the “true” information about what was in food, and although I do lots of research on my own, I wasn’t sure whom to trust for information regarding those choices. Since I have U of M Health System doctors, and I trust them with my life, it’s only logical that I trust them to give me the right information and guidance about food choices.”