Abstract: Diabetes Exercise and Education Program (DEEP)
Physical Activity Intervention

Authors: Shelley Whitlatch, MS, Debbie Coyle, PhD.

 
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S. and is the leading-cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes is also one of the most expensive conditions to treat. Direct medical costs related to diabetes average $116 billion per year. Average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes are 2.3 times higher than medical expenditures for people without the disease.

The Diabetes Exercise and Education Program (DEEP) was designed to measure participant changes from participation in a 12-week exercise and education program. Outcome measures were assessed for body weight, percent body fat, blood glucose, Hemoglobin Hlc, fitness assessment for strength and endurance, and the SF36.

The MoveWell Today® Diabetes Exercise Program is modelled after the 12-week outcome-based Diabetes Exercise and Education Program (DEEP) that was developed and implemented by Partners Health Plan of Arizona in collaboration with the Tucson Medical Center. The major evidence of interest from DEEP was an improvement in HbA1c levels in the program’s participants. Statistically significant improvements were found in decreased HbA1c levels (7.8%), reduced body composition (6.5%), and improved perceived mental health as measured by the SF36 (10.3%) (Coyle and Whitlatch 1998).
The study was funded by Partners Health Plan of Arizona in collaboration with the Tucson Medical Center and presented at the Medical Fitness Association conference, Nov. 1999.

The MoveWell Today® Diabetes Exercise Program protocol adheres to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines for aerobic exercise and resistance training for the diabetic population, and is an ACSM “Exercise Is Medicine” approved physical activity intervention program.  The program is suitable for individuals who are at risk for type 2 diabetes, who are prediabetic, or who have a clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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