Diabetes Prevention Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, showed that at-risk people who exercised at least 30 minutes per day reduced their risk of diabetes by 58%, even without medication.
People who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes can sharply reduce the odds through a regular regimen of diet and exercise, according to data from the nation's first major clinical trial to compare the preventive effects of diet and exercise versus medication.
AdvertisementStudy participants who used metformin without diet and exercise also reduced their risk, by 31%. Professor of medicine at Harvard University and president of The Endocrine Society Dr.William Crowley agreed with the experts that it is common sense to have made up this study.
The Diabetes Prevention Program was conducted at 27 centers nationwide and involved more than 3000 participants. Participants ranged in age from 25 to 85 and generally sustained a 5% weight loss throughout the 3-year study. In this era of life style modification , these kind of studies do help the population at risk to come out of it.