Long-Term Effects of Diabetes Prevention: Evaluation of the M.O.B.I.L.I.S. Program for Obese Persons

24 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2013

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Jan Haeussler

University of Konstanz

Friedrich Breyer

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

In response to the growing burden of obesity, public primary prevention programs against obesity have been widely recommended. Several studies estimated the cost effects of diabetes prevention trials for different countries and found that diabetes prevention can be cost-effective. Nevertheless, it is still controversial if prevention conducted in more real-world settings and among people with increased risk but not yet exhibiting Increased Glucose Tolerance can really be a cost-effective strategy to cope with the obesity epidemic. We examine this question in a simulation model based on the results of the M.O.B.I.L.I.S program, a German lifestyle intervention to reduce obesity, which is directed on the high-risk group of people who are already obese. The contribution of this paper is the use of 4-year follow-up data on the intervention group and a comparison with a control group formed by SOEP respondents as inputs in a Markov model of the long-term benefits of this intervention due to prevention of type-2 diabetes.

Keywords: Diabetes prevention, cost-benefit analysis, Markov modeling

JEL Classification: I12, H51

Suggested Citation

Haeussler, Jan and Breyer, Friedrich, Long-Term Effects of Diabetes Prevention: Evaluation of the M.O.B.I.L.I.S. Program for Obese Persons (September 2013). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1329. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2335951

Jan Haeussler (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universit├Ątsstra├če 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Friedrich Breyer

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )

Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften Fach D-135
D-78457 Konstanz
Germany
+49 (0)75 31/88-25 68 (Phone)
+49 (0)75 31/88-41 35 (Fax)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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