Thursday, October 15, 2009

It Takes a Neighborhood to Fight Diabetes

“To prevent diabetes, neighborhoods are key, but efforts to reduce diabetes risk may be unsustainable if the environment is not supportive, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found a 38 percent lower incidence of type 2 diabetes in neighborhoods defined as healthy -- conducive to physical activity and having easy access to healthy foods. "There is unlikely to be a panacea for the obesity epidemic and rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes," the study authors said in a statement. "However, altering our environments so that healthier behaviors and lifestyles can be easily chosen may be one of the key steps in arresting and reversing these epidemics."

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