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In this course Dr. Mary Korytkowski will discuss trends in diabetes and obesity in the United States, review the rationale of the Look AHEAD study, and present the outcomes from an intensive lifestyle intervention focused on weight loss.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the components of an intensive lifestyle intervention in the management of obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the results of the primary and secondary outcomes in the Look AHEAD study.
  • Integrate the findings from the Look AHEAD study into clinical practice.

Reading Resources:

  1. Gregg EW, Li Y, Wang J, et al. Changes in Diabetes-Related Complications in the United States, 1990-2010. N Engl J Med. 2014;370:1514-1523.
  2. Selvin E, Parrinello CM, Sacks DB, Coresh J. Trends in Prevalence and Control of Diabetes in the United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2010. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Apr 15;160(8):517-25.
  3. Rebecca H. Neiberg, MS, Rena Wing, PhD, George A. Bray, MD, David M. Reboussin, PhD, Amy D. Rickman, PhD, RD, Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH, Abbas E. Kitabchi, PhD, MD, Lucy Faulconbridge, PhD, Dalane Kitzman, MD, Mark A. Espeland, PhD,1 and the Look AHEAD Research Group. Patterns of Weight Change Associated with Long-Term Weight Change and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in the Look AHEAD Study. Obesity. 2012 Oct; 20(10): 2048–2056.


Dr. Korytkowski has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

Consultant: Novo Nordisk

Other: Speaker at event sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and the Vietnamese

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 4/23/2015 | Last Modified On: 5/16/2016 | Expires: 8/9/2018

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