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Dieting and exercise keeps diabetes at bay

A seven year follow-up on a research trial found dieting and exercise to be more effective than drug treatment or a placebo.

Originally, 3,000 overweight people underwent a trial in which they were split into 3 groups – one on a placebo, one on the diabetes drug metformin, and the third on a a diet to reduce weight by 7% plus 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. 

 Over 3 years the diet and exercise group had a 58% reduced chance of developing type 2 diabetes as compared to the placebo group.

When that trial ended all 3 groups were put onto a diet and exercise regime.  7 years on, the original diet and exercise group still came out best, with over a third less developing diabetes than the original placebo group.


October 29, 2009 - Posted by | Health

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