07 Feb MOVE! VA Lifestyle Program Linked To Lower Diabetes Incidence
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr Sandra L Jackson PhD
Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Jackson: Lifestyle change programs are aimed to improve health, yet little is known about their impact once translated into clinical settings. The Veterans Health Administration (VA) MOVE! program is the largest lifestyle change program in the U.S. Participation is a key challenge of the program, as only 13% of the eligible population participated. However, among patients who did not have diabetes at baseline, we found that MOVE! participation was associated with lower diabetes incidence.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Jackson: Findings such as ours, indicating benefits of participation in a lifestyle change program, may encourage physicians to recommend the program more frequently and more strongly, and may encourage patients to participate.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Jackson: Based on our findings, reaching a broader proportion of the eligible population may help VA patients better manage their weight and may lower diabetes incidence in the VA. However, further research would be needed to evaluate whether the MOVE! program remains associated with benefits, as it grows to reach more of the population.
Dr Sandra L Jackson, PhD Qi Long, PhDc,Mary K Rhee, MDa, e,Darin E Olson, MDa, e,Anne M Tomolo, MDa, e,Solveig A Cunningham, PhDd,Prof Usha Ramakrishnan, PhDd,Prof K M Venkat Narayan, MDd, Lawrence S Phillips, MDa, e
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Dr Sandra L Jackson PhD, & Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (2015). MOVE! VA Lifestyle Program Linked To Lower Diabetes Incidence MedicalResearch.com