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Lifestyle app helping people lose weight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Lifestyle app helping people lose weight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes

On average, people found to lose around 1 stone over nine months.

Published: Feb 14, 2018
Category: Looking after yourself
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An NHS digital type 2 diabetes prevention programme has reported successful results in helping people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle changes and lose weight.

The digital pilot of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme was officially launched last year with the aim of supporting people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The results of a study by manufacturers of the digital platform, Liva Healthcare, looked at the effectiveness of the app in helping with weight loss and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

The pilot scheme is providing digital health interventions to more than 5,000 patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

As part of the study 136 patients using the healthcare app were monitored over a nine month period.

In that time, 112 (82%) of those taking part in the study reported weight loss, losing an average of 6.3kg (just under 1 stone).

Dr Carl Brandt, Research Unit for General Practice, University of Southern Denmark and Co-founder of Liva Healthcare, said: “Whilst it is early days, these latest weight loss figures are incredibly exciting and show the role that digital health interventions can play in tackling chronic lifestyle conditions. What’s more, research is showing the impact that weight management can have on the prevention, and even remission, of type 2 diabetes.

“Type 2 diabetes is a huge pressure on the UK’s health service – not just in terms of the number of people but also in terms of the cost of treating patients.

“Digital interventions offer a cost effective and scalable solution to provide long-term programmes that can help roll back and potentially remove type 2 diabetes.”

The Healthier You programme aims to identify people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and encourages them to make healthy lifestyle changes. So far more than 110,000 people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes have signed up.

Around 90% of all people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which could be prevented by reducing obesity, through exercise and diet.

Find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
Find out more about type 2 diabetes
Read the DRWF leaflets A healthy diet and diabetes and Exercise and diabetes here
Read “How diet and exercise reversed my type 2 diabetes” here
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