BALTIMORE, Md. – Patients with prediabetes lost weight and increased physical activity by using a mobile coaching program from Sweetch, according to a study by Johns Hopkins that was recently published in JMIR. “Mobile health technologies potentially represent an ideal method to deliver diabetes prevention interventions on a large scale given the ability to reach sizable numbers of patients at substantially lower costs than human-based interventions,” wrote Dr. Nestoras Mathioudakis, clinical director of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Johns Hopkins and the study’s leader, in the study. The three-month study included 50 participants who downloaded the Sweetch app onto their smartphone to use in combination with a digital weight scale. The study found that participants lost a mean 3.5 pounds and significantly improved weekly physical activity over the course of the trial. Participants also saw a decrease in HBa1C or glycated hemoglobin levels. “The novelty of the Sweetch mobile platform is that it optimizes, in real time and using fully automated algorithms, the messages each user gets so to achieve best possible compliance,” Mathioudakis wrote. He wrote that while the study results are promising, future studies will be required to confirm the sustainability of these findings over a longer follow-up period.
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