Author(s): Schwarz PE, Lindstrm J, KissimovaScarbeck K, Szybinski Z, Barengo NC,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has dramatically increased in Europe, and the age-at-diagnosis has become younger. Action is needed now to develop targeted prevention management program for T2D. The DE-PLAN ("Diabetes in Europe - Prevention using Lifestyle, Physical Activity and Nutritional intervention") project, led by the University of Helsinki is currently addressing this major public health concern in Europe. METHODS: The DE-PLAN project aims at developing and testing models of efficient identification and intervention of individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes in the community. It conducts a lifestyle modification intervention in people at high risk for T2D. Furthermore, it tests the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the translation of the current research evidence about preventive intervention program into clinical settings within existing health care systems in 17 European countries. RESULTS: This 3-year project spanning has commenced mid-2005. By now, 25 institutions from 17 countries are involved. CONCLUSION: The development of efficient screening strategies for type 2 diabetes risk as well as the development of core intervention strategies for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes should significantly enhance the ability of health care professionals to respond swiftly to the drastic increase of T2D and its burden to the society.
This article was published in Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access