Prevention

Studies show that people with prediabetes who participate in a structured diabetes prevention program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For that to happen, participants must lose weight (minimum 5 to 7 percent) by healthy eating and being physically active for 30 minutes or more on most days. The risk is reduced by 58 percent and 71 percent for people over 60 years old.

In addition, lifestyle changeprograms can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke associated withprediabetes and improve participants’ overall health.

The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) maintains a national registry of organizationsthat offer quality, evidence-based Type 2 diabetes prevention programs. The programs are designedto help people at risk for Type 2 diabetes with healthy eating, activeliving, and weight reduction. All of these programs have agreed to use aCDC-approved curriculum that meets the duration, intensity, and reportingrequirements described in the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards. [pdf]

Find a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program near you. 

Diabetes State Engagement Calls and Webinars

Organizations dedicated to implementing diabetes prevention programs are invited to participate in statewide teleconference calls and webinars. These are opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, sharing and problem solving. 

For more information, please email diabetes@dshs.texas.gov.

DSHS Funded Areas

DSHS provides support to organizationsto provide quality, evidence-based diabetes prevention in communities across Texas.  

City of El Paso Health Department  

El Paso County  

City of Houston Health Department  

Harris County  

City of Laredo Health Department  

Webb County  

City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District  

Bexar County

Northeast Texas Public Health District  

Smith and Wood counties  

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health-Houston) 

Greater Houston area and South Texas  

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health-Tyler)  

Camp, Cherokee, Smith, and Wood counties  

University of Texas Medical Branch  

Galveston County and Greater Houston area