Diabetes prevention and lifestyle intervention in resource-limited settings
posted by Research Admin 1 on 7 February 2019
This commentary by Thirunavukkarasu Sathish (Centre for Population Health Sciences, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) summarises the results of a large longitudinal study: the DMagic trial, reported by Edward Fottrell and colleagues (click here to access the article), in which community mobilisation and use of mHealth mobile messaging was compared to usual care. The intervention was proven to be instrumental in reducing prevalence of intermediate hyperglycaemia and type 2 diabetes. However, "Notably, apart from increasing participants' knowledge about diabetes, community mobilisation had no effects on any of the other secondary outcomes, including blood pressure, overweight or obesity, diet, physical activity, and quality of life and wellbeing." The value of this and other studies assessing similar interventions is in their potential to more effectively provide these in resource-limited contexts.
This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(19)30027-0
Sathish, T. Diabetes prevention and lifestyle intervention in resource-limited settings. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, February 2019 [Epub ahead of press)]