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Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) from DSFMC
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Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) from DSFMC

“Importance of this program”

    • The number of people with diabetes has risen worldwide. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Saudi has reached 32.8% and it’s expected to rise to 45.36 % in 2030.
    • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and lower limb amputation.
    • Maintain a normal body, following healthy diet and regular physical activity are ways to prevent or even delay the onset of the disease.

About the Program

It is a lifestyle change program designed to prevent type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is targeted people with prediabetes, or those who are at risk of developing the disease. The program will help the participants to change different aspects in their life, such as eating healthier, being more active and managing stress.

Research Based Program
The Program is based on study results from the National Institute of Health.
The results showed that the lifestyle intervention program decreased the incidence of the disease by 58%.

Target Group

  • – Individuals aged 18-year-old or older, and have a body mass index (BMI)greater than 24,9
  • – Diagnosed with prediabetes using a blood test within the past year
    HbA1c of 5.7% to 6.4%
  • Fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dl.
  • – having a history of Gestational diabetes (GDM)
  • Program Duration

    It is a 2 month long, one session per week. In these period participants will develop new skills and change old habits to reach their goals.

    Program Content

    – Four healthy eating sessions: these sessions will teach the following :

  • Set daily Calorie and fat gram goals
  • Develop Healthy eating habits and food guideline
  • Learn How to buy healthy food
  • Learn various ways to cook healthy foods, including recipes modification of traditional foods
  • – Two physical activity sessions:

  • Set physical activity goal
  • Learn How to increase physical activity level
  • – 2 stress management sessions

  • know more about what causes stress.
  • learn How to cope with it.
  • Each group comprised of 4 or 7 people who have similar conditions and goals.