Custom program helps people living with diabetes control blood sugar
Study results from three clinical trials has showed that a "WeightWatchers" program which was tailored for people living with diabetes helped participants lose weight, lower blood glucose levels, and also improve their overall well-being.
The study results were announced at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 82nd Scientific Sessions. It is estimated that 90 percent of people living with diabetes are also living with overweight or obesity, and 30-53 percent of new diabetes cases yearly are linked to obesity. Currently the American Diabetes Association treatment recommendations recognizes the importance of weight management in patients with Type 2 diabetes who also have overweight or obesity to improve their glycemic control.
The six-month single-arm clinical trial was conducted across three sites and the researchers examined the effectiveness of the virtual WeightWatchers program on glycemic control and weight loss among 136 participants living with Type 2 diabetes. Results demonstrated that the Weight Watchers diabetes- tailored program had clinically meaningful and statistically significant effects, including:
Reduction in HbA1c. an Average decrease in participants' HbA1c levels at three and six months that exceeded standards set by the FDA for approval of pharmacotherapy.
Average body weight loss of 5.7 percent and decrease in waist circumference by more than two inches. A modest weight loss of at least five percent of a person's body weight can help lead to health benefits - including improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar.
There was a decrease in diabetes distress by 9.8 percent. Participants experienced reduction in emotional burden, regimen-related stress and overall diabetes distress. Built on WeightWatchers' science-backed approach, the tailored program did help people living with diabetes build and maintain healthy habits based on their needs and lifestyle.
Dr. Nandita Mohan
BDS, MDS( Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)