Millions of Americans are at risk for diabetes. Are you?
Higher than normal blood sugar, or “prediabetes,” affects up to one in three Americans – and many of them don’t know it. Prediabetes makes a person more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, and raises the risk of other serious health problems like heart attack and stroke.
Prevention Is Possible
The good news is that in many cases diabetes and other health problems can be delayed or prevented through modest lifestyle changes like eating a healthier diet and increasing physical activity. And you don’t have to do it alone.
"I had known for a couple of years that I needed to make some changes to get my blood sugar and cholesterol down, but I needed help building new habits and creating momentum. The Diabetes Prevention Program helped me close those gaps. I've lost 50 pounds and my blood sugar and cholesterol are both normal now. The program is practical, actionable and not difficult. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is motivated to make changes for their health." – Kent S., program participant
U-M Premier Care members who meet eligibility criteria can join the Diabetes Prevention Program, a nationally-recognized lifestyle change program developed by the CDC, with no out-of-pocket cost. If you are a benefits-eligible faculty or staff member, you can also earn $50 through MHealthy Rewards for participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program.
"I believe that what gets measured gets made. The Diabetes Prevention Program helped me track my progress and be honest with myself with a scale, a pedometer, and a food diary. It helped me develop new habits, like eating a light, high-protein breakfast. The most important thing is that you need to be ready to make a change. Through the program I dropped 15 pounds and have kept it off for a year. I feel better, and it shows." – Joe C., Ph.D., program participant
1. Take a short quiz about your risk factors.
To see if you are at risk for prediabetes, take this short quiz about your risk factors for prediabetes. Encourage your loved ones to take it, too.
2. Talk to your doctor about prediabetes.
If you score 5 or higher on the quiz, talk to your doctor about getting an A1C blood sugar test to check for prediabetes. An A1C test result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent indicates prediabetes.
3. Join the Diabetes Prevention Program.
If A1C testing shows that you do have prediabetes, join a group of like-minded individuals in finding support for a healthy lifestyle and reducing health risks. New sessions start every week through Omada Health, and several times per year through partners throughout southeast Michigan. For a quick reference, download this brief guide to getting started.
Four partners offer the Diabetes Prevention Program with no out of-pocket cost to U-M Premier Care members. Each one has been recognized by the CDC to help you prevent type 2 diabetes. To register or attend an information session, contact any of the partner organizations directly or visit their websites. Expand the section at the end of this page for complete details about each program provider.
Omada Health, an online version of the program, offers the fastest way to get started with the Diabetes Prevention Program. New Omada classes begin every week. Contact Omada online, by email or by phone at (888) 409-8687 for more information.
Diabetes Prevention Center
The Diabetes Prevention Center offers the Diabetes Prevention Program throughout southeast Michigan, including locations in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Livonia and Detroit. Contact the Diabetes Prevention Center online, by email, or by either text message or phone at (734) 476-7963 for more information or to register.
Start dates for upcoming Diabetes Prevention Center sessions:
- North Campus Research Complex - September 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor YMCA
Members who join the Diabetes Prevention Program through the Ann Arbor YMCA receive a one-year free family YMCA memberships with full access to the facility. Childcare is available. Contact the YMCA online, by email or by phone at (734) 661-8036 for information about upcoming sessions or to register.
Start dates for upcoming YMCA sessions:
- September 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
University of Michigan Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (MEND) Outpatient Diabetes Education
MEND offers convenient times and U-M locations for Diabetes Prevention Program participants, as well as an ongoing support group after completing the program. Contact MEND online, by email or by phone at (734) 998-2475 opt. 1 for information about upcoming sessions or to register.
Start dates for upcoming MEND sessions:
- Domino's Farms, Lobby C - September 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
- Wolverine Tower - September 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
- Domino's Farms, Lobby C - December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Flint and Dearborn Campuses
For members of our UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn campus communities, the Diabetes Prevention Center offers classes locally, and Omada Health offers an online version of the program with new sessions starting every week. U-M Premier Care covers the cost of the program through both organizations. In addition, if you live in Wayne or Oakland County, the Diabetes Prevention Center covers the full cost of the program, even if you do not have U-M Premier Care coverage.
You are eligible to join the Diabetes Prevention Program with no out-of-pocket cost if you meet all of the following criteria.
- You have U-M Premier Care or GradCare coverage.
- You are an active U-M employee over age 18, an active employee's covered dependent over age 18, a U-M retiree under age 65, or a retiree's covered dependent under age 65.
- You have been diagnosed with prediabetes (A1C reading between 5.7 and 6.4 percent) but not diabetes.
If you have received an invitation letter from BCN or been referred by a physician, you will need to provide your U-M Premier Care member ID number to the DPP program provider when registering so that the organization can verify your eligibility with BCN. If you have recently been diagnosed with prediabetes through an A1C test, complete this form and provide the information to a program provider to register.
If you are not currently eligible for coverage for the DPP, MHealthy offers a wide range of programs to employees and spouses/OQAs to support healthy lifestyle changes around weight management, healthy eating and physical activity.
If you successfully completed the DPP with any program provider, consider joining the MEND Prediabetes Support Group - share your experiences, gain support and understanding, and continue to improve your health! The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:15 to 7:15 (except in August and December) in the MEND Clinic Lobby (Lobby C) at Domino's Farms. For more information, call (734) 998-2475.
For questions about eligibility or using this benefit under your U-M Premier Care plan, please contact BCN at (248) 350-6242.
For questions about scheduling or registration, please contact our partner organizations directly at the numbers listed or visit their websites. You may also contact MHealthy by email at email@example.com if you have questions about the different providers, or how to find a class starting soon in your area.
For general questions about your U-M health benefits, please contact the SSC Contact Center at 5-2000 from the Ann Arbor campus, (734) 615-2000 locally or (866) 647-7657 toll free for off-campus long-distance calls within the United States, to speak with a representative Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about additional programs to help you lose weight and improve your health and wellness, contact MHealthy.