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Lifestyle Intervention Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 58%

Why are we looking for the cure for Type 2 diabetes when we already have it? The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that intensive lifestyle intervention reduced the risk of diabetes by 58%. Demographic, psychosocial, and behavioral factors played a large role in achieving weight loss and physical activity goals in the DPP lifestyle participants.

Lifestyle participants had goals of 7% weight loss and 150 min/wk of physical activity. Goal achievement was assessed at the end of the 16-session core curriculum (approximately week 24) and the final intervention visit (mean = 3.2 years).

Forty-nine percent met the weight loss goal and 74% met the activity goal initially, while 37% and 67%, respectively, met these goals long-term. Men and those with lower initial BMI were more likely to meet activity but not weight loss goals. Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans were more likely to meet the long-term activity goals, and whites were more likely to meet the initial weight loss goal. In multivariate analyses, meeting the long-term weight loss goal and both activity goals increased with age, Dietary self-monitoring was positively related to meeting both weight loss and activity goals, and meeting the activity goal was positively related to meeting the weight loss goal. Participants who met initial goals were 1.5 to 3.0 times more likely to meet these goals long-term. Success at meeting the weight loss and activity goals increased with age. Initial success predicted long-term success. Self-monitoring and meeting activity goals were related to achieving and sustaining weight loss.

Obesity Research 12:1426-1434 (2004)

Learn about the First Step Program, a program to increase physical activity that has gone through 8 years of clinical studies to show its effectiveness. www.firststepprogram.com

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