Clinical trial of type 2 diabetes prevention programme shows encouraging results

by Barbara Hewitt on September 17, 2015

Many people in the medical world regard prevention is the key to reversing the current global type 2 diabetes epidemic and now research is adding to this view.

A programme launched in the UK aimed at preventing the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of the disease has achieved promising early results, a study has found.

Woman eating breakfastThe new group education programme called Let’s Prevent Diabetes, developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre, is a face to face programme which covers the risks and implications of developing type 2 diabetes as well as how to make lifestyle changes to prevent its progression.

A full analysis is still going on but the early results show beneficial changes such as healthier eating patterns, improved health, and high levels of motivation for change. Visual aids and non-technical language were used to encourage participants and to help them manage their blood glucose levels themselves.

Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester’s centre, is leading the team developing the programme and pointed out that it is the only type 2 diabetes prevention programme in the country.

“The early evidence is very promising and it has the potential to really make a difference. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the body cannot keep blood glucose levels within a healthy range and can cause devastating complications,” says Davies. “The most efficient way to address the problem of diabetes and its complications is to prevent it from developing by taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.”

Research carried out by the Leicester Diabetes Centre and published in the Journal of Public Health has reported on the progress on the development of Let’s Prevent Diabetes.

It said that the full, large scale trial conducted over three years with almost 900 people is now being analysed fully and will be presented at international congresses later this year.

“Qualitative and quantitative data suggested that intervention resulted in beneficial short term behaviour change such as healthier eating patterns, improved health beliefs and greater participant motivation and empowerment. We also demonstrated that recruitment strategy and data collection methods were feasible,” the report concluded.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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