Diet and Exercise trumps Diabetes

In a study published in the Lancet, researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing studied the effectiveness of long term lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise) at reducing the rate of type 2 diabetes in a high risk population.

577 high-risk Chinese adults were divided into four groups – Exercise only, Diet only, Diet and Exercise, and the control group who received no behavior modification.

At the end of this 20 year study, the scientists found that those in the combined diet and exercise group had a 43% lower rate of incidence of diabetes when compared to the control group.

So, what does this tell us?

Eat a diet of high carb, high fat foods, and combine with a lifestyle of inactivity and suffer the consequences of type 2 diabetes

Short Term

  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Increased ketones in your urine (diabetic ketoacidosis)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

Long Term

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage
  • Foot damage
  • Skin and mouth conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Or, eat a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein, combine it with an active lifestyle and live a long life free from the worry of sugar induced blindness and amputation.

Your choice.

If you want to make some changes in your life, here are some articles you may find interesting:

Healthy Eating

Diet v.s Lifestyle

Exercise Prescription

The effect of exercise on your heart

The components of physical fitness


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