How does the Spectrum program help people who have diabetes?

The Spectrum program, available at many hospitals, is a health regimen based on the research of cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish. The program focuses on four key strategies to prevent or reverse chronic diseases, including diabetes. Spectrum program strategies include reducing stress and managing it better, exercising, eating a low-fat nutritious diet, and building social support. In studies, Dr. Ornish and his colleagues found that many people with diabetes who participated in the program improved their weight and blood sugar levels enough to be able to reduce or stop taking their diabetes medication.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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