As a medical products company dedicated to healthy living for all, we care about a lot of different conditions and diseases, not just the ones that are devices help treat and manage. When we saw this study about diabetes and the workplace, we wanted to look a little deeper. With the New Year in full swing, and surely a list of healthy New Year’s resolutions a mile long, this study about diabetes and workplace intervention was certainly of interest.
The study, by researchers at Ohio State University, found that compared to employees with prediabetes that received a booklet of strategies for self-regulated weight loss; employees that were enrolled in a workplace intervention program lost more weight, ate less fat, and had greater reductions in fasting blood sugar over a 16-week period.
Prediabetes, or higher than normal blood levels, affects more than 1/3 of American adults and can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to the study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.
The workplace intervention group focused on strategies to reduce calories and fat to achieve weight loss, increasing regular exercise and holding weekly group chats during lunch or after work and as a result, they lost about 5.5 percent of their body weight and kept it off for three months.
The other group lost less than ½ percent of weight, the researchers found.
“Adults spend a large portion of their time at work. This study shows that it is not only feasible to implement a comprehensive lifestyle intervention at the work site – it is an effective way to prevent disease,” said Carla Miller, professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study, in a release.
“Participants who attended more group discussion sessions and monitored their food and physical activity lost more weight, and weight loss is the primary way to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes,” she said.
Researchers also learned from this important study that individuals who lose at least 2.5 percent of their body weight within a month are more likely to achieve a higher weight loss and keep it off for at least three months after that.