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Noom’s diabetes prevention app posts strong clinical results

by Michael Gibney

Mobile health coaching specialist Noom has announced results of a peer-reviewed study of its diabetes prevention app that showed comparable results to traditional prevention programs.

As published in the British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care, Noom’s mobile app helped 64% of patients lose more than 5% of their weight over 24 weeks. The app is the first fully mobile diabetes prevention program with such clinical results to show.

In the past, Noom has focused on direct-to-consumer weight loss and exercise-tracking apps, boasting over 45 million users around the world. The CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program is a public-private partnership to develop and foster lifestyle plans for people at risk for diabetes, and Noom has expanded its health apps to be a part of the agency’s initiative.

Using the app, participants logged meals and tracked their weight with help from human coaches and access to a forum for community support.

In addition to the weight-loss results, engagement with the app proved high–84% of users completed the program. Continued