A new study by Chinese and US researchers has found that
altering lifestyles and consuming more vegetables and exercising can delay the
onset of diabetes.
The study of 577 high-risk Chinese adults showed that
such minor alterations in lifestyle delayed the onset of diabetes by 43 percent
over two decades.
Guangwei Li of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in
Beijing and Ping Zhang at the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
spent 20 years following the study participants and asking them to consider
changing their lifestyle.
"This study has shown that ... group-based
interventions targeting lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise produce a
durable and long-lasting reduction in incidence of type 2 diabetes," the
After 20 years 80 percent
of those who changed their lifestyle had diabetes as compared to 93 percent of
those who had not changed their habits. The details appear in The Lancet.