Thursday, October 29, 2009

Diet Beats Drugs for Diabetes Prevention

“Lifestyle changes resulting in long-term weight loss of just a few pounds proved to be roughly twice as effective as drug treatment for preventing type 2 diabetes in an ongoing government-sponsored trial. Researchers followed almost 3,000 high-risk patients for a decade in one of the largest and longest tudies aimed at preventing diabetes ever conducted in the U.S. Roughly a third of the participants were initially asked to eat a low-fat diet and engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a minimum of five times a week, with the goal of losing 7% of their body weight within a year. Another third were put on the diabetes drug metformin; the remaining patients initially received no intervention...

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