mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

By Nathan Boroyan
An mHealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program may be just as effective as traditional in-person programs at helping diabetics lose weight.

An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

A research team observed 43 overweight or obese adults diagnosed with prediabetes participating in a 24-week virtual Diabetes Prevention Program with human coaching delivered through a mobile app. The program followed guidelines that are similar to the NDPP, the first diabetes chronic disease management program eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

“Lifestyle interventions, including the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) have proven effective in preventing type 2 diabetes,” the authors wrote. “Online delivery of an adapted NDPP has resulted in high levels of engagement, weight loss, and improvements in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c).”

The study focused on employees at a Northeast-based insurance company who had been offered free access to Noom Health, a mobile app that provides program materials and human coaches. Potential participants were chosen based on their elevated HbA1c status, reflecting a prediabetes diagnosis. Continued