Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program

Help to prevent type 2 diabetes in San Diego

Diabetes Prevention Program at Scripps Health

Help to prevent type 2 diabetes in San Diego

The Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of Type 2 diabetes.

The Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program is free and can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes. Learn who is most at risk for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Why join?

Why join?

  • Trained lifestyle coaches
  • CDC-approved curriculum
  • Group support
  • Year-long program — weekly for 4 months, then monthly for 8 months — to keep our health on track

Learn more about the benefits of joining and how the program works.

Read one patient's story

Scripps Health patient Alma Ayala smiling in an indoor setting

Read one patient's story

Learn how Scripps Health patient Alma Ayala overcame her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis through Project Dulce, another Scripps diabetes program.

Benefits of joining the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program

Can I prevent Type 2 diabetes?

If you’ve heard your doctor say, “You’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes” or “You have prediabetes,” it means that you can start preventing Type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention.

As part of the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

How the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program works

The Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

For example, you will learn how to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Need more inspiration? Check out these patient success stories featuring people who have participated in diabetes prevention programs associated with the CDC.

Your Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coach

Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes
  • Set and meet your goals
  • Build relationships with other participants
  • Work as a group to meet challenges
  • Understand and respond to your food triggers
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

Frequently asked questions

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight through healthy eating or do moderate physical activity, you can develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Take the “So, Do I Have Prediabetes?” risk test.

Am I at risk for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Ever had gestational diabetes while pregnant or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.