March 28, 2017
Children participating in a youth diabetes prevention program saw a reduction in HbA1c and other cardiometabolic parameters after 16 weeks of intensive lifestyle intervention, according to findings from a prospective pilot study.
“Culturally tailored and comprehensive prevention strategies are vital for addressing the epidemic of obesity and rising rates of type 2 diabetes, particularly among ethnic and racial minority youth,” Chantis Mantilla, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and colleagues wrote. “The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has demonstrated the efficacy of lifestyle modification in adults. However, studies on lifestyle programs for diabetes prevention in youth are limited, and none have reported comprehensive physical fitness outcomes.”