Diabetes prevention using diet, not drugs

Thu, 29 Oct 2009
According to recent diabetes news, making positive lifestyle changes could be twice as effective as drug treatment for people with type 2 diabetes . Adjusting diet and exercise levels to provoke long-term weight loss could make a difference to diabetes management .

To reach their conclusions, the research team conducted one of the largest and longest diabetes studies ever conducted in the US, following 3,000 high-risk patients over the course of a decade. One third of the participants ate low-fat diets and conducted 30 minutes of moderate activity five times per week. Meanwhile another third were put on diabetes drug metformin .

William KNowler of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reportedly commented: "Weight loss is still the most important thing we have to recommend to overweight people at risk for type 2 diabetes . This study shows that the benefits of even modest weight loss can persist for many years."
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