Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes can be prevented

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The risk of type 2 diabetes can be cut by more than half by a 200 lb person losing 10 lbs and walking for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Go for it!

What is type 2 diabetes? This is the more common form of diabetes, the type of diabetes that is seen typically in older overweight people. However, ever more younger people are getting type 2 diabetes now also. Almost 50% of people born in the US in the year 2000 are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes, unless something is done.

The Diabetes Prevention Program was a study funded by the US government to see if type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Here are the results:

  • There were 3,234 participants in the study, all at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Their ages were 25-85 years, and they were overweight, as many of us now are.
  • They were followed in the study for almost 3 years on average.
  • Participants who were able to lose and keep off about 5-7% of their initial body weight, and who were able to walk at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week, had their risk of diabetes reduced by more than 50%!
  • And those who could not lose weight and exercise saw less diabetes develop if they took the medication metformin.