InnoSuisse supports Diabetes-Study

Title of the Study

 ‘Diabetes coaching’ physical activity and nutrition coaching for type 2 diabetics

Intention of the Study

This two-arm, randomized controlled trial will examine patients’ disease progression during a one-year intervention period and identify key disease-specific parameters.

Partners supporting the Study

Executive Summary of the Study

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with far-reaching medical and economic consequences. It affects more than 460,000 people in Switzerland. Each patient costs the healthcare system a yearly average of CHF 12,000 through direct and indirect treatment costs.

The spread and progression of the disease should be counteracted to restore patients’ quality of life and reduce the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare system.

The current treatment of type 2 diabetes is based on the recommendation of lifestyle change in combination with pharmacological interventions. In practice, compliance with exercise and nutritional recommendations are more than insufficient, which requires support for patients.


Diabetes coaching aims to successfully counteract type 2 diabetes through long-term lifestyle changes. The approach involves individually tailored and gradual mediation of exercise and eating habits through the use of established behavior change methods. Patients are cared for by regular coach calls as well as by an integrated digital coaching app (engineered by Youdowell).

This two-arm, randomized controlled trial will examine patients’ disease progression during a one-year intervention period and identify key disease-specific parameters.

The patients are recruited with the help of the implementation partners. To assess the effectiveness of the approach, 100 patients with type 2 diabetes are needed. An initial implementation of lifestyle modification intervention through behavior change techniques was described positively in the Movingcall project with physically inactive but primarily healthy adults. In addition, we are examining the approach of health coaching in the SAC-funded project PACINPAT with mentally ill patients.

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