Maine's National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Information Portal.

Why Mainers Are Taking Action

Diabetes in Maine is a problem

  • 1 in 10 Mainers has diabetes.
  • 32,264 (3%) of Mainers have diabetes but don’t know it.
  • Diabetes in Maine tripled between 1995 and 2010.

 

Diabetes increases your risk of serious health problems

  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in Maine.
  • Persons with diabetes are more likely to die of heart disease or have a stroke.
  • 6 out of 10 non-traumatic lower limb amputations in Maine are due to diabetes.

 

Diabetes costs Maine families too much

  • People with diabetes have twice the medical costs than those without.
  • People with diabetes spend about $13,700 per year on medical costs, $7,900 of which is related to their diabetes.

 

Diabetes is preventable

  • 1 in 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Most don’t know it.
  • Without lifestyle changes, 15%-30% will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

 

NDPP works to prevent diabetes

  • NDPP is proven to help people with pre-diabetes make lasting lifestyle changes that decrease their risk of getting diabetes.
  • It was developed and researched by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • NDPP is offered by worksites, hospitals, health centers and community organizations in nearly every county in Maine.
  • The program provides one year of support in small groups led by trained lifestyle coaches.

 

Action Steps For Mainers

1. Find out more about diabetes

 

2. Assess your risk

  • Talk to your doctor to see if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

 

3. Find out more about NDPP

  • Ask your employer about NDPP in Maine.
  • Call your health insurance company to find out if NDPP is part of your plan.
  • Use this site to find a diabetes prevention program and lifestyle coach in your area.

 

4. Participate in NDPP

  • Attend NDPP classes.
  • Encourage friends and family to attend.

 

Resources

US CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program

Maine CDC – Diabetes Unit

Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC

 

Tools

 

Lifestyle Connections – High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

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