Monday, August 17, 2009

Goal Setting Helps Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk

“Adults may be able to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age simply by setting diet and exercise goals and sticking to those goals, study findings hint. Older men and women who self-monitored their behavior and set healthier diet and physical activity goals not only lost weight and body mass over a year, but maintained their losses after 3 years, researchers report in the journal Diabetes Care. This low-cost approach could have a public health impact on diabetes prevention, ‘if the program reaches a major proportion of those at risk,’ Dr. Pilvikki Absetz, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland, noted in an email correspondence with Reuters Health.

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