STAT Plus: Health coaching startup Virta expands into prediabetes and obesity

Virta Health, a San Francisco startup that has made headlines with bold claims that it can “reverse” type 2 diabetes, announced plans Wednesday to expand its offerings, including new services for patients with prediabetes.

The virtual care platform — which connects patients with health coaches over laptops and smartphones — is adding new programs that target obesity and prediabetes, citing early research that suggests its approach could benefit people with those conditions as well. The company is also adding a line of services geared at people with type 2 diabetes who are not yet ready to pursue reversal, but want support in managing their medications and symptoms.

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