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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2016, Article ID 3798729, 7 pages
Research Article

Long-Term Follow-Up of the Telemonitoring Weight-Reduction Program “Active Body Control”

14sigma GmbH, Bajuwarenring 19, 82041 Oberhaching, Germany
2Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Otto-von-Guericke University, Leipziger Straße 44, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
3Institute of Biometry and Medical Informatics, Otto-von-Guericke University, Leipziger Straße 44, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
4Municipal Hospital Dessau, Auenweg 38, 06847 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
5Die Schwenninger Krankenkasse, Spittelstraße 50, 78056 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

Received 16 October 2015; Accepted 16 February 2016

Academic Editor: Gianluca Castelnuovo

Copyright © 2016 Gabriele Stumm et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Active Body Control (ABC) weight-reduction program is based on telemonitoring of physical activity and nutrition together with telecoaching by weekly counseling letters sent by post or by e-mail. The study presented here reports the results of a 1-year follow-up of 49 patients with the metabolic syndrome who had lost weight with the aid of the ABC program in the preceding year. The weight regain after the second year in patients not receiving any further care (“ABC discontinued” group; ) and the potential benefit of continuing with the ABC program with monthly counseling letters (“ABC continued” group; ) were investigated. The relative weight changes after the first year had been, respectively, −13.4% and −11.4% in the “ABC discontinued” and “ABC continued” groups, and after the second year they decreased by, respectively, 4.4 and 2.8%. However, this difference in weight regains between the two groups was not statistically significant. It is concluded that three-quarters of the weight loss after 1 year is maintained after the second year. The decision whether to continue with the ABC program after 1 year should be made individually.