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 vascularanesthesia.com 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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