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Kerala, India: Peer-Led Lifestyle Intervention for Diabetes Prevention

Clayton Velicer, MPH

Diabetes in India

India has more than 60 million people with Type 2 diabetes, a number predicted to increase by nearly two-thirds by 2030. While improving self-management for those already with diabetes in India is extremely important, preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes for those at high risk is critical in a resource-constrained setting.  Adapted from successful community-based programs in Australia and Finland, the Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program (K-DPP) is a peer-led group based lifestyle intervention, aimed at these high risk individuals in rural India. The protocol for this program was developed with the assistance of Peers for Progress Global Director Ed Fisher and Professor Brian Oldenburg, formerly at Monash University.

Peer-Led Small Groups & Education Sessions

This program is designed to improve behavioral, psychosocial, clinical, and biochemical measures of participants at a high-risk for developing diabetes compared to a…

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