SAN FRANCISCO and LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Omada Health’s digital health program can help reduce the risk of chronic disease, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Aging and Health. “Diabetes and obesity are an epidemic among the senior population and, if left unchallenged, threaten to seriously impact quality of life,” said Cynthia Castro Sweet, Ph.D., lead author and director of medical affairs at Omada Health, in a statement. “The results of our research show we now have the tools to fight this epidemic.” The study followed 501 patients with Humana Medicare Advantage who were an average age of 68.8 years and at high risk of developing diabetes. Participants were enrolled in Omada Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program offered through Humana, which combines digital health tools like wireless digital scales and online courses with Omada’s coaches. Six months after beginning the program, participants lost an average of 8% of their body weight, and experienced improvements in glucose control and a decrease in cholesterol. “This study demonstrates that digital tools and personalized coaching can help people reduce their risk of developing diabetes,” said Laura Happe, study co-author and director of research and publications at Humana, in a statement. “Importantly, it shows that seniors can be highly engaged in electronic media, which has the potential to greatly expand the number of people these types of programs can help.” On average, participants interacted with the Omada program 19 times per week.
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