Health risk factor modification predicts incidence of diabetes in an employee population: Results of an 8-year longitudinal cohort study

Lori Rolando, Daniel W. Byrne, Paula W. McGown, Ron Z. Goetzel, Tom A. Elasy, Mary I. Yarbrough

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OBJECTIVE: To understand risk factor modification effect on Type 2 diabetes incidence in a workforce population. METHODS: Annual health risk assessment data (N = 3125) in years 1 through 4 were used to predict diabetes development in years 5 through 8. RESULTS: Employees who reduced their body mass index from 30 or more to less than 30 decreased their chances of developing diabetes (odds ratio = 0.22, 95% confidence interval: 0.05 to 0.93), while those who became obese increased their diabetes risk (odds ratio = 8.85, 95% confidence interval: 2.53 to 31.0). CONCLUSIONS: Weight reduction observed over a long period can result in clinically important reductions in diabetes incidence. Workplace health promotion programs may prevent diabetes among workers by encouraging weight loss and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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