Lose weight to prevent diabetes

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Weight loss is the key factor in reducing diabetes risk for high-risk, overweight individuals, a new study shows.

Participants in the intensive lifestyle intervention portion of the Diabetes Prevention Program, which involved cutting fat and calories with the goal of reducing weight by 7 per cent, reduced their likelihood of developing diabetes by 58 per cent over a three-year period, report Dr Richard F Hamman and colleagues at the programme’s coordinating centre at George Washington University in Rockville, Maryland.

At the beginning of the study all of the participants were overweight and had an impaired ability to process glucose, putting them at high risk of developing diabetes.

Another goal of the intervention was to get the participants to exercise moderately for at least 2.5 hours weekly (Reuters).

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