July 19--If your doctor diagnoses you with pre-diabetes, start your diet
immediately and stick with it.
In a new study, Johns Hopkins University researchers found dropping 10 percent
of body weight within six months of such a diagnosis dramatically reduces the
risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes in the next three years.
A Johns Hopkins news release quotes Nisa Maruthur, study leader and assistant
professor of general internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine: "We have known for some time that the greater the weight loss, the
lower your risk of diabetes," she says. "Now we understand that we can see much
of the benefit of losing that weight in those first six months, when people are
adjusting to a new way to eating and exercising," she says.
The study is published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
-- Katy Muldoon
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