Accelerator alumnus company, Sweatcoin, have announced the expansion of the Prevention Decathlon programme alongside their partners at the South West London Integrated Care System (SWL ICS) – an organisation they were introduced to as part of their time on the Accelerator.
In collaboration with Richmond and Wandsworth Public Health, SWL ICS and Sweatcoin have launched expansion of the ‘Prevention Decathlon’ Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme in targeted areas of Richmond and Wandsworth, helping to tackle increasing complications from diabetes which costs the NHS around £10bn each year nationally. The Prevention Programme prescribes rewards per step to members across the South West of London, in order to help tackle and prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
The successful trial of 70 patients with an average age of 56 years old and including 74% participation from ethnic minorities saw people lose 3kg in weight on average. The results show that of all those that take part, 85% are likely to lose weight, with one in 10 of those likely to lose 10% of their body weight. One participant in particular lost 10.3kg, 16% of their total body weight, during the 10 week programme.
In terms of movement, patients increased their daily step count by 45% between the start and end of the programme, while one moved a staggering 336% more than before the trial. This is particularly interesting given that lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of diabetes by about 40%, and is proven to prevent 4% of high-risk individuals developing Type 2 Diabetes each year.
Anton Derlyatka, CEO and co-founder of Sweatcoin, commented: “At Sweatcoin, our aim has always been to empower individuals to make healthier and better lifestyle choices. We are thrilled that this trial was a success and that we can launch the programme to a wider audience, potentially helping millions of people globally. The impressive trial results have only strengthened our belief that Sweatcoin will play an important role in supporting the healthcare sector. We are honoured to be part of this crucial initiative, contributing towards a healthier future for all.”
Shaun Azam, CEFO of Sweatcoin, said: “None of this project would have been possible without the support of DigitalHealth.London – as part of their prestigious Accelerator programme, we had opportunities to network with some of the most senior decision makers across the NHS. DigitalHealth.London also set up ‘Meet the Expert’ events to help navigate complex topics, and participate in workshops. We also had a designated ‘NHS Navigator’ – an expert on the intricacies of the NHS – to assist us in taking our product to market. I can honestly say that this combination of tools was crucial in our successful project launches with the NHS.”
Sweatcoin is an alumnus of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.
The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator is a collaborative programme funded by two of London’s Academic Health Science Networks – UCLPartners and the Health Innovation Network – MedCity, CW+ and receives match funding from the European Regional Development Fund.