Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lifestyle Intervention for Patients with Prediabetes: 15 Year Follow Up Results

It’s been more than decade since the New England Journal of Medicine published a groundbreaking article showing that intensive lifestyle intervention effectively prevented progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes over a three year period. The study’s authors have published a new article using 15 year follow-up data from the same patient cohort, and the results are just as groundbreaking.  
Their findings, published here by The Lancet, show that intensive lifestyle intervention significantly reduced type 2 diabetes development over a 15 year period. Diabetes incidence was reduced by 27% in the lifestyle intervention group, compared to a reduction of 18% in the group that received the drug metformin. Additionally, female participants in the lifestyle intervention group had lower rates of microvascular complications (e.g. nephropathy, neuropathy, etc.).

These results underscore the importance of lifestyle modification in diabetes prevention. 

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps individuals with prediabetes and at risk for type 2 diabetes get the lifestyle training and support that they need to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. In Colorado, over 2,000 individuals have participated in the DPP, and this number continues to increase. 

For a list of CDC-recognized DPP programs in Colorado, click here. For more information about the DPP in Colorado, visit our website.

1 comment:

  1. This is so great! I'm glad this is where we are investing money. Plant-based diets ftw