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Beware: Diabetes Misinformation Delays Treatment, Advances Complications

Can we "prevent" diabetes with weight loss? Or would it be better to say we can "delay" diabetes with healthy behavior?  Often people are reluctant to admit that they have diabetes or to initiate treatment. Many times the cause of the delay in treatment is feelings of guilt (they feel like diabetes is all due to their weight). I had a patient who delayed treatment for three years, thinking that he could treat diabetes with weight loss and exercise....

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