[YOUR HEALTH] Want To Reduce Your Risk For Diabetes?

by Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
St. Hope Foundation

Want to reduce your risk for diabetes?

The answer is lose weight! A recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, monitored 3,200 people with pre-diabetes. Someone who is considered pre-diabetic, their blood sugar numbers are elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic. Each person was assigned to either one of these three groups: diet & exercise regimen (150 minutes of exercise a week plus diet counseling), to take a diabetes drug called metformin or a placebo group. The researchers found that losing weight was the greatest factor influencing the risk of diabetes. They found that those who lost 10% of their body weight in 6 months had an 85% lower risk of developing diabetes in the next 3 years than those who lost no weight. So that would mean losing 20lbs if you weighed 200lbs. Bottom line if your doctor tells you that you are pre-diabetic or at risk for developing diabetes, act now! Get moving and start an exercise routine. Also contact a registered dietitian to help you with your diet.

Go to www.eatright.org and click on “Find a Registered Dietitian” to find a professional near you. Remember, losing weight and staying active are keys to success!