...One Bay Area–based company, Omada Health, is making strides in addressing the prediabetes epidemic. The Omada Health program, Prevent, is an online version of a 2002 government-financed project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health called the Diabetes Prevention Program, which found that behavioral weight-loss programs can be more effective at combating diabetes than medication.
“Our 16-week online program helps people with prediabetes lose weight and adopt sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes,” says Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health. “In our program, we match people into groups of about 12 and bring them through the curriculum with a professionally trained health coach and all sorts of amazing digital tools, like a wireless-enabled scale, a Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth-enabled scale that wirelessly obtains your weight and measurements from your scale and syncs it, allowing you to visualize your weight loss online or on your smartphone. The goal is to create an environment where participants feel guided, supported, and put on a path toward better health.”
Duffy says that Prevent’s core model is to work with employers and insurers to cover the cost of the program, approximately $120 per month for the four-month course, since many employers and insurers are interested in new solutions to help their employees or members live healthier lives.
Read more: http://www.eastbaymedicalguide.com/East-Bay-Medical-Guide/Annual-2014/The-Prediabetes-Wake-up-Call/