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    Long-term commitment to diabetes prevention increases success

    During its first four years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) has seen widespread implementation and promising early results, according to a study published recently in Diabetes Care.

    The NDPP was designed to prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals at risk by using structured lifestyle change programs. Data from this study showed that more than one-third of participants achieved a 5% weight loss.

    “Diabetes takes a significant toll on the public’s health and on our nation’s healthcare systems and payers,” Elizabeth K. Ely, from the division of diabetes translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Medical Economics. “The CDC estimates that 86 million adults aged 20 years or older in the U.S. have prediabetes. In many cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed for those at high risk through a structured intervention that can be delivered cost effectively in real-world settings.”

    Looking at 220 organizations with prevention programs, Ely and colleagues analyzed data from 14,747 adults who were enrolled in a year-long program from February 2012 to January 2016. Enrollment in the program entailed 16 hourly sessions held at approximately weekly intervals during the first 6 months followed by a minimum of 6 sessions held monthly for months 7 to 12. The curriculum focused on lifestyle changes and the importance of at least moderate physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss of 5% to 7% during a 1-year period.

    Next: Program details

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