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Five Ways To Fight Diabetes

By Ira Dreyfuss, HHS HealthBeat

Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011

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People can lower their risk of diabetes by doing five things. At the National Institutes of Health, researcher Jared Reis saw that in data on more than 200,000 people. He looked at following a healthy diet, having a healthy weight, being physically active, limiting drinking, and not smoking. He says those five activities paid off:

"Each healthy lifestyle factor was associated with about a 30 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. And all five healthy lifestyle factors combined was associated with about an 80 percent lower risk.’’ 

He says being overweight or obese carried the worst risk. But he says it could be somewhat offset by sticking with the other healthy activities.

The study was in Annals of Internal Medicine.   

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Source: HHS HealthBeat

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