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Lifestyle intervention does not reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes in type 2 diabetics

A controlled diet and exercise plan may help patients with type 2 diabetes lose weight, but the weight loss did not reduce their risk for having heart problems, a new study shows. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), looked at the long-term effects of healthy nutrition and exercise in overweight people with type 2 diabetes. More than 5,000 obese adults ages 45 to 76 with type 2 diabetes were followed for nearly 10 years. Half of the participants focused on lifestyle intervention through physical activity and low calorie intake, and the other half was given conventional ... Read More

New social media program targets prediabetics

A new social media program designed to provide regular and aggressive support for people with prediabetes was launched this week. Called Prevent, the first-of-its-kind the program matches prediabetics into small online communities based on their age, body mass index, and location. Participants are mailed a wireless scale that transmits the participant’s weight to the online system on a daily basis. Participants not only can monitor their own progress, but also the progress of other members (shown as a percentage of body weight lost) of their online community. The 16-week program introduces a new behavior change each week, then provides support ... Read More

Intense lifestyle intervention can delay type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Doctors routinely make lifestyle recommendations to patients who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but too often the advice falls on deaf ears. Sure, patients are aware of the dangers of continuing with a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle and that changing their habits could prove beneficial over the years. But getting someone to start and stick with a lifestyle intervention is an entirely different story. However, a follow-up on a 10-year-old study found that if health care providers are intense, engaging, and persistent on somewhat of a heroic level, patients will actually follow their advice. And when ... Read More

‘Lifestyle intervention’ for weight loss does not improve heart attack risk in diabetics

Longtime type 2 diabetics who undergo “lifestyle intervention” and lose weight do not reduce their heart attack and stroke risk, suggests a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study focused on whether an intensive diet and exercise program resulting in weight loss would reduce the rates of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular-related deaths in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes. This demographic is already at greater risk for these conditions. For the study, researchers worked with more than 5,000 people. Half of the participants engaged in an intensive diet and exercise program while the ... Read More