Lifestyle Adjustments Effective in Prediabetes Management; Study

Diabetes healthy diet concept, raw vegetables and fruits with blood glucose meter and insulin syringe

United States – A study published by HealthDay recently reiterated that having prediabetes is not a death sentence and that it can be controlled through lifestyle changes that involve the adoption of a healthy diet, and exercise. The study available at, PLOS Medicine on July 9 underline the role of such modifications in postponing the development of Type 2 diabetes by four years pulling down the odds of other diseases and death.

Understanding Prediabetes

Prediabetes or Impaired Glucose Tolerance is a state when there is a rise in blood glucose levels but not to a level where one would be considered diabetic. In this study, Dr. Guangwei Li of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Da Qing City of China, discussed that longevity of non-diabetic status provides numerous health benefits.

Study Details and Participant Outcomes

Researchers monitored 540 participants with prediabetes over a 30-year period, following them from an earlier six-year clinical trial. Participants were divided into groups: normal diet with regular exercise, healthy diet, increased exercise, and no changes.

Long-Term Health Benefits

The study found that individuals who successfully avoided progressing to diabetes for at least four years after the onset of prediabetes experienced lower rates of death and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. However, this protective effect was less evident among those who developed diabetes within a shorter timeframe.

Implications and Recommendations

The findings suggest that delaying the progression to diabetes can significantly improve overall health outcomes. The research team advocates for implementing effective interventions targeting individuals with IGT as part of preventive management for diabetes and related vascular complications.

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