The places where we eat and live affect who gets prediabetes and who doesn't. Reducing obesity, prediabetes and diabetes will require less blame on individuals. It's up to all parts of our communities to make changes that support healthy eating and physical activity. This includes health systems, coordinated care organizations (CCOs), businesses and schools. Insurers also have a role to play. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps people alter their diets and get more physical activity. Insurers that cover this type of community-based, lifestyle-change program can help reduce prediabetes and type 2 diabetes throughout entire communities. In Oregon, the DPP is now a covered benefit for people who receive Medicaid through the Oregon Health Plan.
*The Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in many Oregon communities. Visit doihaveprediabetes.org to take a prediabetes risk test and find an online program or in-person class near you.