Diet and Exercise Really Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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Exercise Prevent Type 2 DiabetesA new review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concludes that exercise and diet programs can help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The report, which was conducted by a panel of academics and policy and practice-based scientists, analyzes the clinical and economic effectiveness of diet and exercise programs. The report suggests that these programs can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, decrease body weight, and improve high blood pressure and cholesterol.

These were conclusions arrived at by the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) after reviewing studies on whether or not diet and physical activity really does help prevent type 2 diabetes. According to the CPSTF, the most effective programs include trainers who work directly with their clients and involve counseling or coaching sessions.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 9.3% of all Americans currently have diabetes, while 28% are unaware that they have the disease. An estimated 86 million have pre-diabetes, but only 11% have been diagnosed.

If diabetes is left untreated, high glucose levels will accumulate in the blood. This can lead to complications, such as blindness, nerve damage, or kidney disease.

Source for Today’s Article:
Paddock, C., “Diet and exercise really do help avert type 2 diabetes, say Task Force,” Medical News Today web site, July 14, 2015; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296699.php.

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