Diabetes Forecast

Diet and Exercise Help Prevent Type 2 in Women


Healthy eating and physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, according to a study of more than 150,000 American women over age 50 with and without diabetes. Researchers learned that two to three times as many African American women and twice as many Latino and Asian women developed diabetes over the 10-year study than whites. Most of the difference was attributed to lifestyle factors—smoking, obesity, diet, and a lack of exercise. When lifestyle choices were discounted, Asians had the greatest risk. Regardless of race, one thing was true: Women at a healthy weight who were physically active had the lowest risk for type 2 diabetes.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 25, 2012



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