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Diet and exercise are effective in preventing type 2 diabetes, task force finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3785
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Programs that promote dietary change and physical activity are effective in reducing the likelihood that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will do so, say new recommendations from the US Community Preventive Services Task Force.1

The task force arrived at its recommendations after a systematic review of 53 studies that described 66 programs.2 Participants in such programs were also more likely to see an improvement in diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors, such as excess weight and elevated blood glucose levels, lipid levels, and blood pressure, the panel said. “The beneficial effects of combined programs were seen across a wide range of intensity levels,” the task force said.

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