UCSF Diabetes Center Forms Precision Medicine Initiative with Prevention Program, Yes Health


SAN FRANCISCO (March 31, 2016) – The Diabetes Center at UCSF has embarked on a precision medicine initiative with Yes Health, an all-mobile program to prevent type 2 diabetes. As part of the initiative, Yes Health will develop opt-in tools that provide its users the opportunity to share important de-identified behavioral data, such as diet, exercise, and sleep patterns, with UCSF researchers focused on both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 86 million Americans (more than one-in-three) are identified as having prediabetes, yet 90 percent are unaware of their condition. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, 70 percent of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime.

Realizing the ominous nature of the prediabetes epidemic, the Diabetes Center has made tackling this condition a point of emphasis. Read more.