Can diet and exercise reduce my risk for diabetes?

Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Yes! In fact, a large study, called the Diabetes Prevention Program, showed just that. Participants in this study were able to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, even more so than those who were taking metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes. Aiming to lose between 5 to 10% of your body weight, and being physically active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week can help to lower your risk. If you need help with how to best go about losing weight, consider meeting with a dietitian who can help you develop a plan that will work best for you.

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