Olivia Farrer, BSc (Hons) Dietetics, APD, Lecturer in Dietetics
Feasibility study for efficacy of group weight management programmes achieving therapeutic weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
© 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
How to Cite
Farrer, O. and Golley, R. (2013), Feasibility study for efficacy of group weight management programmes achieving therapeutic weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & Dietetics. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12048
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2013
- very low calorie diet
The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of traditional diabetes and weight management advice to short-term use of a very low calorie diet combined with traditional education in a group setting for people with type 2 diabetes.
A 12-week, non-randomised dietary intervention was used including a control and treatment group in a community setting targeting obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Participants attended a pilot programme aiming to lose 5–10% body weight. Main outcome measures included percentage weight loss, change in HbA1c and total cholesterol.
At 12 weeks more participants in the treatment group achieved significant weight loss of 5–10%, an average loss of 6.6 kg and a significant change in HbA1c (P = 0.017). Overall there was no significant changes in cholesterol for either group (P = 0.9).
The study demonstrates the feasibility for short-term use of a very low-calorie diet for medically significant change in weight and HbA1c in obese people with type 2 diabetes and could provide a realistic framework clinical management of weight in a group setting.