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What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the National DPP to reduce the growing problem of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. An estimated 86 million adults in the U.S. (1 in 3) have prediabetes, and 9 in 10 of them, or 90%, do not know they have it. Prediabetes is a condition where your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes (losing weight, being more active), 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. A key part of the National DPP is a structured lifestyle change program recognized by the CDC that focuses on lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes through weight loss, healthy eating, and physical activity. Trained lifestyle coaches guide participants through a year-long program that consists of 16 weekly sessions during the first 6 months, then 6 monthly sessions during the second 6 months of the program. Participants learn how to live a longer and healthier life by eating healthier, being more active, setting goals, overcoming barriers, reducing stress, and staying motivated. Research has shown that people with prediabetes who complete a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% or more, and these results persisted at 10 years follow-up.

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What is a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program?

DSME is a program where people with diabetes obtain knowledge and life skills needed to change their behavior in a group setting. This program helps diabetics self-manage their disease and any other related conditions.  The purpose of this program is improve the well-being of the person taking the program and provide them with a higher quality of life through informed decision-making about diabetes, improved self-care behavior, and have the skills necessary to problem-solve and actively collaborate with their health care team.

What types of DSME Programs are available in Alaska?

Alaska has three different types of DSME Programs.
1.  Stanford Curriculum

2.  Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) Curriculum 

3.  American Indian/Alaska Native-specific DSME Curriculum,
     Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Where can I find Diabetes Self-Management Education and/or Prevention Programs in Alaska
Diabetes Management and Prevention Programs in Alaska




Copper Center



Fort Yukon






King Cove

  • Eastern Aleutian Islands Association - Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
    Contact: Douglas Finney
    Phone: 907-497-4053





  • Metlakatla Indian Community - Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
    Contact: Judy Leisholm
    Phone: 907-886-7946



Prince of Wales

Saint Paul





Where can I find more information about specific DSME Programs in Alaska?
  • AI/AN-specific DSME Curriculum
    • Please contact the ANTHC Diabetes Program | E-mail: | Phone:   907-729-1900 or 855-882-6842


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