Diabetes Lifestyle Changes

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Losing weight and exercising may help people with type 2 diabetes hold on to their mobility as they age. Dr. Edward Hill explains more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Losing weight and maintaining physical activity can help prevent worsening of mobility-related disabilities among people with type 2 diabetes.

An estimated 30 percent of adults over age 50 face some kind of difficulty with everyday activities. For people with diabetes, that rate doubles.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers randomly assigned adults aged 45 to 74 with type 2 diabetes to a program of diet and exercise or to regular diabetes education and support classes.

After four years, people in the diet and exercise group had lost, on average, about 6 percent of their body weight. The group that got diabetes education lost less than 1 percent of their body weight.

The lifestyle group made modest changes. But those changes were still enough to reap big health benefits.

People in the lifestyle group cut their risk of mobility-related disability by nearly 50 percent compared to people in the education group.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.