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In 2000, 4.9 percent of Nebraskans reported having diagnosed diabetes. In 2015, this number grew to 8.8 percent (167,200 Nebraskans) (1). Some of this is attributed to increased efforts toward earlier identification and diagnosis. However, other contributing factors such as the increased prevalence of obesity is likely playing a large role in the increased rate of diabetes in our state (2). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million (1 in 3 people) have pre-diabetes. The good news is that some risk factors are potentially reversible.

Up to 30 percent of patients who are diagnosed with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years (3). Nevertheless, progression from prediabetes to diabetes can be avoided. Delaying, even preventing, diabetes is possible though simple lifestyle changes such as losing weight and increasing physical activity.

With so many Douglas County residents in danger of developing type 2 diabetes, it critical those at risk of having pre-diabetes be identified, screened and tested, and then referred to proven, life-saving programs.

The National DPP (www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/) was developed based upon the findings of the Diabetes Prevention Program study. It is a cost-effective, evidence-based, lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

The DPP is a year-long program. Participants meet once a week for 16 weeks, and then monthly for the remainder of the year. In that time, people with prediabetes learn to take charge of their health and well-being by eating a healthy diet and incorporating physical activity into their daily lives. DPP also provides peer support and coaching and helps participants develop the necessary problem-solving, stress-reduction, and coping skills to ensure that the lifestyle changes they make are long-lasting.


Diabetes Prevention Providers in Douglas County:

Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands
2910 S. 84th St.
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 399-0777

500 Sansome Street, Ste 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Regional Office: Kansas City
(888) 987-8337
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.omadahealth.com

Simply Well
9140 West Dodge Rd.
Suite 408
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 559-4689

UNMC’s EngAge Wellness
730 S. 38th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68105
(402) 552-7210



1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BFRSS Prevalence Data & Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
2 American Diabetes Association, 2013
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes (www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/ prediabetes.html).

Other Attachments: 

Prediabetes Risk Test
Prediabetes Risk Test Spanish
Prediabetes Guide for Healthcare Providers
DPP Action Brief
DPP Awareness Brochure
DPP Awareness Brochure Spanish
Spanish Patient Trifold
B_DPP Patient Trifold




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