Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program

Time & Location

Next class TBD
Partners Health & Wellness Center, 312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN, USA

About The Event

You can avoid developing diabetes. And we’ll show you how.

Diabetes is a disease that generally requires life-long care. Once you develop it, you must take active steps to not only control your blood sugar but also avoid diabetes-related health problems. These can include heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, eye disease and kidney disease, among others.

The good news: You can avoid developing diabetes. Most people have a condition called prediabetes before they develop diabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Nearly one-third of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. A key step in avoiding diabetes is to recognize and treat prediabetes. You should be checked for prediabetes if you:

  • Are overweight 
  • Are 45 years or older
  • Have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Are not physically active at least three times a week
  • Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds
  • Are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian American

The ParTNers Center can screen you for prediabetes. Call for an appointment at 615-741-1709.

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The DPP can help!

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is designed to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. More specifically, your goal as a DPP participant is to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by losing at least 7% of your body weight through increased physical activity and healthier eating. Classes are led by licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lindsey Joe.

Our winter/spring session is already underway. Call us to see if you might be eligible for our fall 2020 class.

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As a participant, you’ll get:

  • 16 weekly, in-person sessions to teach you how healthy eating and physical activity can help reduce your risk
  • Nutrition counseling, including tips for grocery shopping, healthy recipes and more
  • Group support to motivate and inspire you to make healthier choices
  • A CDC-approved curriculum with tips to stay on track
  • Six months of support following the 16 weekly sessions

You may be eligible for the DPP if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are at least 18 years old and
  • Are overweight and
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
  • A1c: 5.7–6.4% or
  • Fasting glucose: 100-125 or
  • Two-hour oral glucose: 140-199 or
  • Have been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes

Call the ParTNers Center at 615-741-1709 for a screening appointment. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, you will not be eligible for the DPP.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association