Weight Loss and Diabetes

Weight Loss and Diabetes Study Shows Positive Results

Weight Loss and Diabetes Study

Losing weight is the main factor in reducing the risk of diabetes for raised-risk, obese patients, a recent study suggests.

In brief, Weight Loss helps lower the risks of becoming a sufferer of Diabetes

Those taking part in the intensive lifestyle intervention part of the Diabetes mellitus Prevention Program, which involved cutting fat with the target of decreasing body weight by 7%, also decreased their chance of developing diabetes by 58 percent a period of 3 years, according to Dr. Richard F. Hamman at the scheme's coordinating center at George Washington University in Rockville, Maryland, USA..

On the preliminary stages of the study all the people involved were heavier than doctors recommend and had a lowered ability to adequately metabolize glucose (sugar), giving them a high chance of becoming a sufferer of diabetes mellitus.

A further target of the intervention was to get those participating to do a small amount of exercise for at least two and a half hours weekly, the medical researchers add in their report published in the September 2006 issue of Diabetes Care Publication.

Doctor Hamman and his research team were trying to locate factors that were the most effective in lowering the probablility of developing diabetes, shedding weight, doing more physical exercise or reduced fat intake. Those participating cut the fat intake in their foods to less than 25% of their calories injested, and also reduced the total calorie consumption if their weight loss was not enough by just minimising the fat.

Weight loss was the most helpful factor in stopping development of diabetes, whilst reducing the fat and increasing exercise helped those involved reduce weight, and exercise helped them keep the weight off and stay healthy, the doctors stated.

Diabetes is a little understood disease where the energy from the food that is eaten remains as glucose sugar in the blood. Left untreated, this leads to other conditions such as heart problems, neuropathy, and organ damage. At the moment the only option for sufferers is to control the problem by a healthy diet plan, exercise and medication or insulin injections. It is estimated that there are more sufferers of diabetes living in the community who are unaware of their condition, than there are diagnosed sufferers. This research shows that the general improvements in health associated with weight loss also lead to a reduction in the incidence of diabetes.

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