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Date:4/21/2009

In Clinical Test, NutriSystem D Leads to Weight Loss, Lower Blood Sugar and Improved A1C

HORSHAM, Pa., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NutriSystem (Nasdaq: NTRI), a leading weight loss program that delivers to your door, today announced the launch of new NutriSystem D, a weight loss program designed specifically for the approximately 24 million Americans with diabetes, as well as the 57 million Americans who are at risk for diabetes.

In a clinical study at Temple University School of Medicine, people with Type 2 diabetes on NutriSystem D lost as much as 16 times more weight while lowering their A1C test scores (a 90-day measure of blood sugar control) by 0.9 greater than those following a hospital-directed diet regimen. This weight loss was also associated with significant reductions in triglycerides, cholesterol and waist circumference.

"New NutriSystem D is a lifeline for millions of people struggling to lose weight with diabetes," said Joe Redling, Chairman and CEO of NutriSystem. "We all know that weight loss, even moderate weight loss, can be extremely beneficial in helping people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels, maintain good health and avoid some of the disastrous consequences of the disease. For people with Type 2 diabetes who have struggled to lose weight in the past, NutriSystem D is finally the solution they've been searching for."

It is estimated that diabetes care costs some $174 billion in healthcare expenditures annually. What's more, about 80% of people with diabetes (14.3 million) are overweight, and 45% of people with diabetes (8.05 million) diet to lose weight, according to a recent Gallup survey. Being obese or overweight with diabetes impairs glucose tolerance, increases insulin resistance and enlarges fat cells, which, in turn, makes
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