Getting help from a group

From Medscape:

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.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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