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Virtual Approaches to Taming Diabetes Get Currency

Arundhati Parmar

CDC provides pending recognition status to digital health companies whose online versions of its National Diabetes Prevention Program is helping at-risk people from getting Type II diabetes.  

In 2012, the cost of treating diabetes jumped 41% to $245 billion from $174 billion in 2007. The chronic condition has a litany of co-morbidities and managing the disease is no walk in the park.

So it is vital to monitor and coach people considered to be at risk of developing diabetes and help them make the right lifestyle decisions – in terms of choosing the right food and incorporating physical activity – that would prevent them from having to manage the disease later.

That is the premise of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), which launched in 2012, and aims to target people at risk of developing Type II diabetes. Continued.