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.
AdvertisementGuangwei 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 researchers wrote.
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.