SOURCE: Retrofit


April 06, 2016 17:29 ET

Diabetes Rates Have Quadrupled Since 1980

WHO Report Points to Need for Diabetes Prevention Programs

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 06, 2016) - The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, pointing to the need for innovative diabetes prevention programs to change eating and exercise habits.

The number of adults with the disease was reported to be 422 million in 2014, up from 108 million in 1980. The UN's health agency attributes this to changes in the way people eat, move and live and called for a coordinated, holistic response to address this epidemic, which costs more than $827 billion worldwide each year.

Retrofit CEO Mary Pigatti is available to comment on this trend and the need for interventions that meet people where they are at and integrate into daily lives to prevent and manage this serious health issue.

Retrofit, a leading weight-management and disease-prevention program, was recently recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This designation brings together the CDC's evidence-based formula with Retrofit's proven data-driven, high-tech, high-touch approach to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Retrofit Diabetes Prevention Program offers individuals with prediabetes a convenient, expert-led and technology-driven lifestyle change program that integrates into daily life. This 52-week personalized program curbs the risk of type 2 diabetes by combining live or recorded classes with a suite of digital tools (mobile app, online dashboard, digital scale and activity tracker) for self-monitoring, an interactive online community and the support of an expert coach.

About Retrofit
Retrofit offers weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help tackle obesity and related conditions to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Eighty-eight percent of Retrofit participants lose weight and 68 percent keep it off 18 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times happier than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey. Retrofit contributes its success to five key factors: 1) a scientifically based program design; 2) highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; 3) a data-driven, high-tech/ high-touch approach; 4) the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within broader wellness ecosystems, and 5) "happiness delivered" with proven outcomes that transform lives.

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