Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes may be able to prevent diabetes with weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise.
One of the most famous studies that looked at the prevention of type 2 diabetes is called the Diabetes Prevention Plan study or DPP. Scientists studied whether changing lifestyle habits, such as choosing healthier foods and physical activity, or taking diabetes medication could delay or prevent type 2 diabetes in people at high risk for the disease. The study ended a year early, when scientists discovered some amazing results!
DPP Study Results
- People who lost about 7% of their body weight through eating well and increasing their physical activity (30 minutes a day five times a week) had a 58% lower incidence of diabetes than people who took a placebo (dummy pill).
- People in the study who took the diabetes medication metformin had 31% lower incidence of diabetes than people who took a placebo.
Find out if you are at risk for prediabetes or diabetes at www.diabetes.org/risktest