Online resource reports success in preventing type 2 diabetes
Since its launch, 210 people have now completed their six-month assessment which includes a blood test and other health checks.
The results from these assessments showed that 43% were no longer at risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, an average weight loss was reported of almost 4 kg.
Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO at EIT Health, said: “These results are truly encouraging – the initial data is promising, but I am also interested in the testimonials of those who have been helped by this platform, who overwhelming say it has been an extremely positive experience for them.
“With this platform, we are proving that prevention is possible without demanding more and more budget from healthcare services or investing more in treating diseases and conditions once they are diagnosed.
“It’s crucial that we gather more data as well as scaling out and / or replicating this model across Europe so that we can begin to address one of the biggest health challenges we face with the pinnacle of ambition, which is to prevent it from occurring at all.”
It is estimated that type 2 diabetes care costs the Stockholm area around 2.5 billion Swedish krona (£201 million) annually. Based on early figures from Health Integrator reports, there is potential to avoid healthcare costs of approximately 1.4 billion Swedish krona (£113 million) per year within the region alone.
Utilising the data collected, the Health Integrator team now intend to begin discussions to expand the programme; initially to the rest of Sweden and Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, and the UK.