The European perspective of type 2 diabetes prevention: diabetes in Europe--prevention using lifestyle, physical activity and nutritional intervention (DE-PLAN) project

Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2008 Mar;116(3):167-72. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-992115.


Background: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has dramatically increased in Europe, and the age-at-diagnosis has become younger. Action is needed now to develop targeted prevention management program for T2D. The DE-PLAN ("Diabetes in Europe - Prevention using Lifestyle, Physical Activity and Nutritional intervention") project, led by the University of Helsinki is currently addressing this major public health concern in Europe.

Methods: The DE-PLAN project aims at developing and testing models of efficient identification and intervention of individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes in the community. It conducts a lifestyle modification intervention in people at high risk for T2D. Furthermore, it tests the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the translation of the current research evidence about preventive intervention program into clinical settings within existing health care systems in 17 European countries.

Results: This 3-year project spanning has commenced mid-2005. By now, 25 institutions from 17 countries are involved.

Conclusion: The development of efficient screening strategies for type 2 diabetes risk as well as the development of core intervention strategies for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes should significantly enhance the ability of health care professionals to respond swiftly to the drastic increase of T2D and its burden to the society.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Motor Activity
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Public Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors