Background: Recent reviews suggest that concurrent Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and food insecurity contributes to poorer outcomes, including worse glycemic control and increased healthcare use. We present outcomes from a real-world program involving digital health coaching (DHC) and bi-weekly food delivery for individuals with T2DM screened for food insecurity.
Methods: Individuals with T2DM were enrolled in a payor-supported DHC program and screened for food insecurity through social worker, provider, or payor records. A retrospective analysis compared data from baseline to 3-months of enrollment to evaluate T2DM-related outcomes.
Results: Of the 1093 individuals who completed baseline assessments, 75% completed 3 months of DHC. This population was primarily female (74%) , racially/ethnically diverse (38% Black, 54% white, 8% other or multi-racial) , with an average age of 53. At 3 months, there were significant improvements in mean scores on the Diabetes Distress Score (2.76 to 2.09, p<0.001) , HbA1c (8.22 to 7.52, p<0.001) , and USDA Food Security Survey (2.49 to 1.39, p<0.001) among evaluable participants (n=710) .
Conclusions: A DHC program with integrated food delivery demonstrated promising results, suggesting that addressing basic needs such as food security may contribute to improved clinical and quality of life outcomes for individuals with T2DM.
S.Rutland: Employee; Pack Health. J.Moore: None. V.T.Tran: None. M.Allison: None. B.Burton: None. D.Patel: None.