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AAOHN J. 2005 Nov;53(11):499-505; quiz 506-7.

The diabetes prevention program: a worksite experience.

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College of Health and Human Performance, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA.


The purpose of this study was to determine if the U.S. National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could be successfully implemented in a worksite setting. Thirty-seven adult employees of BD Medical Systems of Sandy, Utah were enrolled in a single-group time-series study using the DPP. Two-hour oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT) and other outcomes were measured at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Weight, body mass index, waist circumference, 2-hour OGTT, very low density lipoproteins, triglycerides, and aerobic fitness were significantly improved at 6 and 12 months and showed overall significant improvement across time. Fasting blood insulin, total cholesterol, low density lipoproteins, and total cholesterol/high density lipoproteins ratio were significantly improved at 6 months, but not at 12 months. Eighteen of the program participants (51%) were no longer in the pre-diabetes and diabetes categories after 1 year. Existing worksite health promotion and occupational health professionals can successfully offer the DPP and help employees improve glucose tolerance.

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