Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

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Original Source: HealthDay News

When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, a new study finds that more is definitely better for lowering blood sugar levels.

The study showed that adding intensive lifestyle management to standard diabetes care (diabetes medication and usual lifestyle change advice) brought blood sugar into a nondiabetic range.

The intensive intervention worked so well that “half of the intervention group did not need glucose-lowering medications to maintain or even improve [blood sugar] control,” said the study’s senior researcher, Mathias Ried-Larsen.

So, what exactly constitutes an “intensive” intervention?

“Patients were prescribed exercise five to six times per week for 30 to 60 minutes per session. That included both endurance and resistance training,” said Ried-Larsen, of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“In the beginning, the exercise was supervised by a coach, but gradually, they were left on their own. Moreover, they received a dietary program with focus on foods rich in fiber, low in saturated fats, lots of fruit and no processed food. We designed the diet for patients to lose weight,” he said.

The study included nearly 100 people from Denmark. All had had type 2 diabetes for less than 10 years, and none had complications from the disease.

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