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Apr 05

Patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes who improve their diet and become more physically active

Patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes who improve their diet and become more physically active during the next year have a significantly lower risk of having a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event within 5 years, reports a recent study published online in Diabetes Care. It was noted during the study that those who failed to improve any of the 4 lifestyle changes — increasing physical activity; decreasing alcohol consumption; improving fiber and vitamin C intake; and reducing both calorie and total fat intake — had a 4–fold increased risk of developing a CVD, such as a heart attack or stroke, or die from CVD during 5 years of follow–up, compared with those who made positive changes in at least 3 of the behaviors. Physical activity and drinking less alcohol appeared to have the biggest effects.

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