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Weight loss efficacy of a novel mobile Diabetes Prevention Program delivery platform with human coaching
  1. Andreas Michaelides,
  2. Christine Raby,
  3. Meghan Wood,
  4. Kit Farr,
  5. Tatiana Toro-Ramos
  1. Noom, Inc., New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andreas Michaelides; andreas{at}noom.com

Abstract

Objective To evaluate the weight loss efficacy of a novel mobile platform delivering the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Research Design and Methods 43 overweight or obese adult participants with a diagnosis of prediabetes signed-up to receive a 24-week virtual Diabetes Prevention Program with human coaching, through a mobile platform. Weight loss and engagement were the main outcomes, evaluated by repeated measures analysis of variance, backward regression, and mediation regression.

Results Weight loss at 16 and 24 weeks was significant, with 56% of starters and 64% of completers losing over 5% body weight. Mean weight loss at 24 weeks was 6.58% in starters and 7.5% in completers. Participants were highly engaged, with 84% of the sample completing 9 lessons or more. In-app actions related to self-monitoring significantly predicted weight loss.

Conclusions Our findings support the effectiveness of a uniquely mobile prediabetes intervention, producing weight loss comparable to studies with high engagement, with potential for scalable population health management.

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Body Weight
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Telemedicine

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