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Weight Loss Programs may help reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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Category : Diet Info For Diabetics

Best Syndication News) – According to a study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine’s May issue people could reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by attending a group weight loss program such as Weight Watchers. In their study, they found that people that attended Weight Watchers dieting program for 6 months for at least 2/3 of the meetings lost weight but also had improved their fasting glucose and insulin levels.

While the study was relatively small with 61 overweight or obese men and women attending the Weight Watchers program for 6 months, the more the participants showed up for the meetings, the more success with weight loss and their glucose and insulin levels improved. The Weight Watchers program instructed the participants on eating a low calorie diet, exercising and meet weekly as a group to offer encouragement to each other. The participants that attended at least 20 out of 24 meeting lost an average of 14 pounds and had the best improvement on glucose and insulin levels. Increase glucose and insulin levels are directly related to a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Co-author of the study, Kathleen Melanson, PhD, RD, LD said that the Weight Watchers program costs much less that other specific programs for diabetes prevention and with this study were able to show that a group weight loss program can also be another way to reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by being obese and has been on a continual rise over the last 20 years as waistlines have expanded. There are an estimated 23 million people in the US that have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Many people may have pre-diabetes and could prevent the disease from progressing by lifestyle changes.

Another option to Weight Watchers is TOPS, which stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly. TOPS has local chapters that meet across the US to help people lose weight in a group weight loss program. TOPS cost around $30 per year to join, with the first meeting free. To find out more visit tops.org.

By: N Wilson

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