Friday, May 23, 2008

Lifestyle Choices Can Prevent Diabetes

“In a study that demonstrates lifestyle choices can strongly influence health, researchers in the U.S. and China reported Friday that eating more vegetables, consuming less alcohol and exercising can delay or prevent diabetes. The study examined 577 high-risk Chinese adults over a 20-year period to examine the consequences of encouraging people to change their lifestyles. The results showed that diet and exercise reduced the incidence of diabetes by about 43 percent over the study’s period. After 20 years, 80 percent of those who modified their diet and exercised more had diabetes, compared with 93 percent who made no changes, said Guangwei Li of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and Ping Zhang at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ‘The challenge is to translate research findings into substantial clinical improvements for patients. Although prospects are hopeful, they are not assured,’ the journal Lancet wrote in a commentary.”

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