POLITICO: Morning eHealth

By: David Pittman

PILOT STUDY SHOWS MOBILE DIABETES PREVENTION SUCCESS: It’s not a gold-standard randomized trial, but a study in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care shows some success with moving the diabetes prevention program into a mobile population. Researchers recruited 54 obese patients to see how the diabetes prevention startup Noom’s program worked. Of those patients, about 36 finished the program, and 64 percent of them lost over 5 percent of their body weight. The more patients monitored their weight and diet, the more pounds they lost.

The upshot here: gradually accumulating evidence that diabetes prevention programs work, and that online versions can also do the job.