Program for Vets Cuts Type 2 Risk
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21–25, 2013
The landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study showed that lifestyle intervention can help people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes or delay its onset. Now a new study, using participants from Veterans Affairs medical centers, shows that running a similar program through a health care system can be just as effective. The MOVE! Program (Managing Obesity and Overweight in Veterans Everywhere), offered at 130 VA hospitals and clinics across the country, includes weekly group meetings to focus on lifestyle intervention such as healthy eating plans and increasing exercise. And as with the DPP, those who attended more sessions had the greatest weight loss and were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over three years.