(HealthDay News) — An adapted Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention significantly improves cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related risk factors among participants, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Sarah M. Brokaw, MPH, from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena, and colleagues compared outcomes before and after implementation of an adapted DPP lifestyle intervention among 3,804 adults at high risk for CVD and type 2 diabetes. Sixteen weekly core sessions and six monthly post-core intervention sessions were held.

Participants aged 65 and older were significantly more likely to attend more intervention sessions, self-monitor their fat intake and achieve the physical activity and weight loss goals, compared with participants aged younger than 65 years, the study results suggest. 

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There were significant improvements in CVD-related risk factors among both older and younger participants.

“One major barrier to the dissemination of this evidence-based intervention in the United States is that few insurers, including Medicare, provide reimbursement for this service,” the researchers wrote.


  1. Brokaw SM et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;doi:10.1111/jgs.13428.