Diabetics: Weight Loss Efforts Count

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May 16, 2010

Doesn't matter if you drop the pounds, it's the thought that counts Overweight people with type 2 diabetes hear the message over and over again: Achieve weight loss. But a 2004 study tracking 1,401 diabetics for 9 years adds an encouraging aside: Simply trying to shed pounds could cut type 2 diabetes-related death risk 20 to 30 percent.

In fact, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that death rates were the same for successful and unsuccessful weight loss dieters.

Lead researcher Edward W. Gregg, PhD, speculates that dieters may have adopted healthier weight loss habits-eating more produce and getting more exercise-which have long-lasting diabetes benefits regardless of body weight.

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