Lifestyle changes can help control diabetes

Lifestyle changes play a vital role in delaying or preventing diabetes, researchers say.

Researchers from Emory`s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) systematically reviewed the published literature and analyzed 28 studies that tested adaptations of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) trial in real-world settings.

Published in 2002, this major clinical trial showed that structured lifestyle programs for people with prediabetes could halve the progression to diabetes.

`Participants in the DPP trial received exercise shoes, meal replacement shakes, personal (one-on-one) coaching by degree-holding professionals (exercise physiologists, nutritionists, nurses), and gym memberships that all together cost about 1,400 dollars per person during the first year of the study,` said lead investigator Mohammed Ali, MBChB, MSc, assistant professor of global health at Emory`s RSPH.

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