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Type 2 Prevention Also Aids Heart Health

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was a landmark study that found lifestyle changes or taking metformin could help people with prediabetes avoid type 2 diabetes. Now a study shows that the program also improved heart health. Researchers discovered that the lifestyle intervention in the DPP, which aimed to lower weight by 7 percent through diet and exercise, reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol in study participants. Metformin also improved these blood-fat levels, though more modestly. The authors conclude that efforts to stem the tide of type 2 diabetes may have an added bonus: reducing the atherosclerosis that can contribute to heart attacks and strokes.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, published online Aug. 26, 2013


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