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Lifestyle Interventions by Registered Dietitians Reduce Health-Care Costs

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Adding a lifestyle intervention led by a registered dietitian to the typical care provided to obese people with type 2 diabetes does not increase overall health-care costs and may result in cost savings, according to researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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In a study of nearly 150 people, comparing "lifestyle case management" provided by a registered dietitian to the "usual care" given to obese adults with type 2 diabetes, researchers found the addition of a "clinically feasible, modest-cost lifestyle intervention involving an RD" did not increase total costs and in some cases saved up to $8,046 per person per year compared with usual medical care.

The researchers conclude the study provides "preliminary evidence that moderate-intensity lifestyle intervention using a registered dietitian