Over one quarter of adults ≥65 years of age with diabetes report falling in the preceding 2 years. We hypothesized that participants in the Look AHEAD intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) would have fewer falls compared to those who received diabetes support and education (DSE) only. The Look AHEAD study randomly assigned participants (aged 45-76 years) with type 2 diabetes and body mass index (BMI) ≥25 kg/m2 to ILI (diet and physical activity to induce ≥7% of initial weight) or DSE. We compared baseline characteristics of participants who reported 0, 1, or 2+ falls at year 8, by intervention group, and built multinomial logistic regression models to predict falls. Older adults with diabetes randomly assigned to the ILI compared to those in the DSE were less likely to fall 2 or more times at 8-year follow-up in the Look AHEAD study (β= -0.18, p = 0.01).


P.G. Lee: Advisory Panel; Self; T1D Exchange. Other Relationship; Self; Sanofi. K.P. Pokhrel: None. W.H. Herman: Consultant; Self; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC. Consultant; Spouse/Partner; Nestlé. Other Relationship; Self; Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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