One in three adults in Washington has prediabetes, a condition in which people have blood glucose (blood sugar) levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Many people with prediabetes do not even know they are at risk. You can take an online test to determine your risk. If you have been diagnosed, consider making a plan for caring for your diabetes. For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
People with prediabetes can stop diabetes before it starts with the Diabetes Prevention Program. This class is for people with prediabetes. It includes16 weekly meetings, followed by monthly meetings for a year. It can help people lose five to seven percent body weight by making lifestyle changes like eating healthier and getting more physically active to delay diabetes. People who took the class continued to delay the onset of diabetes for three to ten years.
Diabetes Prevention Programs in Washington State
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is available in many locations statewide. Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. To find a program near you, visit http://WIN211.org or call 211.
Worksite Health and Productivity
We work with employers to make changes in the workplace that support employees to be more physically active and provide healthier food choices. For more information or questions regarding worksite or other employer-based health and productivity programs, visit our Worksite Wellness page.
Management and Education
The Washington State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works with partners to promote quality healthcare at the community, clinical, and patient levels.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
People who have diabetes need skills to manage their diabetes, and to help them stay active and healthy. People with diabetes often have more than one chronic illness, like heart disease or asthma, too. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop led by professional trainers in community settings, for people with chronic health problems.
The program builds confidence for participants through mutual support and helps people succeed in leading active and fulfilling lives. It is also offered in Spanish: "Tomando Control de su Salud". For more information, visit Self-Management Resource Center or find CDSMP offerings near you.
To learn more about self-management and healthy aging programs in Washington State, visit Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State.
For more information, contact us.
Reimbursement for Diabetes Education for Medicaid Patients
Clinics and hospitals statewide may apply for reimbursement from Medicaid for diabetes education programs. This is a joint project between the Washington State Department of Health and Medicaid.
The Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention Unit can help with the application process. We will help you find resources and make sure your application meets the requirements.