LONDON – A mobile health app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) helped pre-diabetic and diabetic patients lose weight, according to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal. “This pilot shows that a novel mobile NDPP intervention has the potential for scalability, and can address the major barriers facing the widespread translation of the NDPP into the community setting, such as a high fixed overhead, fixed locations and lower levels of engagement and weight loss,” the authors of the study concluded. The study involved employees at a Northeast-based insurance company that offered its workers free access to Noom Health, a mobile-based app that delivers program materials with human coaches. The student participants included 43 hyperglycemic males and females ages 18 to 75. They received NDPP content and were asked to log their weight, meals and physical activity in the app once a week. The participants spoke to their coach daily through in-app private and group messages, and by phone about twice a month. Researchers found that the app-based program produced comparable weight loss totals to the traditional diabetes prevention program.
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