The impact of diabetes education and peer support upon weight and glycemic control of elderly persons with noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)

Am J Public Health. 1987 May;77(5):634-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.77.5.634.


We assessed diabetes education and peer support interventions as facilitators of weight loss and glycemic control in a community sample of 79 elderly persons with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Different groups received: education only, education and peer support, and no treatment. Peer support was higher in groups where it was actively facilitated. Weight loss and reduction in level of glycemic control occurred within groups receiving both diabetes education and peer support.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Glucose
  • Body Weight
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Random Allocation
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A