The UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center offers outpatient diabetes education and prevention services for patients of all ages and their families. Our Education Services team of licensed diabetes educators – including nurses, dietitians, a pharmacist and other healthcare professionals – has extensive experience in teaching patients who have diabetes-related conditions. Together, we deliver patient-centered services with practical problem-solving approaches. Our team uses strategies such as goal setting, action planning and shared decision-making to help patients meet their goals and live a healthy life.
What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?
The National Diabetes Prevention Program, also called National DPP, is a 12-month evidence-based curriculum that helps patients prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center Education Services offers this Type 2 prevention program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our in-house National DPP lifestyle coaches guide patients with prediabetes and those who are at risk for prediabetes through a series of classes over a 12-month period. In these small-group classes, we use a structured lifestyle change intervention to help patients:
- Lose weight through healthy eating.
- Increase their effort in physical activity.
- Recognize and overcome the barriers to lifestyle change.
Your risk of developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes is impacted by many factors, including being overweight, family history of Type 2 diabetes, personal history of gestational diabetes and age. Certain ethnic groups are at higher risk as well. To determine your risk level, take our Prediabetes Risk Assessment and discuss the results with your healthcare provider.
If you are interested in learning more about this program and how to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes Prevention Program Informational Sessions are held every other Thursday from 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. These sessions provide insight into how the program is structured, what type of resources you will receive as a participant, and allow you to meet and speak with our expert diabetes educators. Sign up now for an upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program Informational Session or call 859-323-2232, option 3 to learn more.
You are also encouraged to ask your diabetes care provider for a referral. Many insurance companies, including Medicare, offer diabetes education and prevention services as a covered benefit. We accept DPP referrals from internal and external healthcare providers:
- Internal providers: Please access the referral form in the AEHR (under follow-up/referral, search BBDC).
- External providers: Please complete and submit the Diabetes Prevention Program form.