HEDS are collaborating on a new project 'Scalable behavioural weight management programmes for the prevention and treatment of diabetes'.
Research Associate Penny Breeze said of the project: "Behavioural weight management programmes (BWMPs) can help prevent type 2 diabetes (T2D) and help people who have type 2 diabetes achieve normal blood sugar (glucose) levels and reduce the need for medication. However, programmes delivered by specialist health professionals in clinical settings are too expensive to deliver to everyone who needs them."
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"First we will evaluate existing group-based weight loss programmes that use non-specialists and technology to increase reach. Second, we will use our findings to develop a new BWMP that targets the reasons people struggle to maintain weight loss, and that can be delivered in groups by trained non-specialists using technology. We will work with patients and practitioners to develop the programme so that it meets the needs of both. We will then evaluate its feasibility and acceptability and estimate potential effects."