A community-based health intervention … helped adults at risk for diabetes lose significant amounts of weight and pull their belts in by a notch or 2…
It tests a group-based rather than individual-oriented behavioral lifestyle-change strategy with the goal of weight loss and diabetes prevention.
Those differences were associated with about a 50% reduction in the incidence of diabetes…
Diabetes is a devastating disease that is growing rapidly with increased obesity and physical inactivity. Diabetic complications include heart attack, stroke, impotence, amputation, kidney failure, and blindness.
This study suggests that a group approach may be effective – beyond having an instructor, perhaps participants can motivate and support each other.
If you’re obese, ask your doctor about getting checked for diabetes. Also ask about getting a referral for nutritional education; most doctors don’t have enough time to do it themselves.