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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP)

Elderly couple walkingUMMC Preventive Medicine is currently offering the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) to eligible recipients. If you have prediabetes, now is the time to take charge of your health and make a change. Taking part in a structured lifestyle change program like the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (Medicare DPP) can help. And with Medicare Part B, it’s free!

Medicare DPP is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program teaches you techniques to improve food choices and increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes a week to help you lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. (That is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.) Years of research has shown that for people 60 years or older, these lifestyle changes can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 70 percent.

To see if you’re eligible, visit https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/diabetes-prevention-program. - (External website)

Contact us by emailing DPP@umc.edu.

Source: National Diabetes Prevention Program