American-based weight loss program Jenny Craig, has teamed up with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help people living with prediabetes reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is a serious medical condition that can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as diabetes-related conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

With changes in diet and increased physical activity though, prediabetes can be reversed. Research shows that participation in a year-long, structured lifestyle change program reduced the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent among adults with prediabetes, and by 71 percent among those aged 60 years or older with prediabetes.

“Eighty-six million American adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they have it. 2 The good news is by losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight, many people with prediabetes can avoid progressing to type 2 diabetes,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

“We’re excited that Jenny Craig has joined the National Diabetes Prevention Program and can now offer their members this proven program to help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.”

CDC Partnership

Jenny Craig recently received recognition as a provider of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). Based on the findings of the National Institutes of Health-funded Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, the National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program intended to prevent type 2 diabetes.

For those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Jenny Craig also offers their Jenny Craig for Type 2 menu, which is clinically proven to help members lose three times more weight than those receiving usual care.

“Type 2 diabetes is costly for individuals, employers, the government and the emotional cost of managing diabetes is tangible,” said Monty Sharma, CEO and president of Jenny Craig.

“Jenny Craig is honored to be working with the CDC to provide our proven and effective weight loss solution to members to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and help them live healthier lives.”

In addition, Jenny Craig was named a top diet program for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report for the 6th consecutive year.