In Alberta, approximately 800,000 people live with undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes.
In partnership with Alberta Blue Cross and Primary Care Networks (PCNs), the Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition (DON) Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) launched a pilot study aimed at preventing Type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes (A1C 6.0 – 6.4%).
The study used a virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (vDPP) provided by Yes Health. The program was offered from February 2022 to February 2023. Patients used a smartphone app and received in-the-moment support from a coach to promote lifestyle changes such as weight loss, healthy eating and physical activity.
The vDPP focused on diabetes prevention by providing personalized, one-on-one virtual health coaching support.
The program connected participants to health coaches who provided feedback on their nutrition, wellness and fitness activity, all of which was tracked through a mobile application and Bluetooth scale.
The program has now ended, and the pilot study is currently in the evaluation phase.
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