Virta Health announced today that a partnership with U-Haul demonstrated positive outcomes from its type 2 diabetes reversal treatement.
San Francisco-based Virta — launched in 2017 — aims to reverse type 2 diabetes. It designed its technology platform to enable personalized remote care.
Its offerings include physician supervision, health coaches, an app and biomarker tracking tools. It also offers a personalized nutrition plan for its patients in the hopes of reversing type 2 diabetes.
Through a partnership with U-Haul, Virta conducted a 90-day study for its platform. Outcomes included blood sugar reduction, weight loss, and medication deprescription for participating members.
U-Haul team members eliminated 34% of their diabetes-specific medications. A total of 83% either reduced or completely eliminated their insulin.
Additionally, team members lost a combined 1,125 pounds. That averages out to 5% weight loss, which Virta said is considered statistically significant. Nearly a third of the 90 participants achieved weight loss greater than 10%.
Estimated A1c improved by 1.9% on average. Every one-point decrease in A1c reduces the risk of long-term diabetes complications by up to 40%, the company said. One participant — Jeff from Lebanon, Pennsylvania — lowered his A1c from 7.5% to 5.9%. He also reduced his daily insulin dosage by more than 85% and lost more than 30 pounds.
“No matter what I tried, my weight and insulin dosage kept going up,” Jeff said in a news release. “I imagined myself at 350 pounds, with an amputated leg or foot, unable to work or be productive. I wasn’t willing to put my wife, children, and family through that. With Virta, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my health and can focus on doing the things I love again. Virta helped me get my life back!”
As a result of the study outcomes, U-Haul expanded its partnership with Virta. It offers obesity and prediabetes treatments to team members at no cost.
“We care about providing our team with the tools they need to succeed, and we partnered with Virta because they offer the best tool on the market to make disease reversal a reality,” said Monique Harty, U-Haul Wellness and Recruiting manager. “These initial outcomes endorse that Virta offers a real solution to help our team members get healthier while reducing the cost burden of type 2 diabetes.”