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Dieting Plus Exercise Reduces Risk Of Pre-Diabetes In Older Adults

June 25, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Losing weight is an effective way for obese older people to prevent metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes. But a weight loss program is even more beneficial when exercise is included, a U.S. study has found. Metabolic syndrome is a group of problems that raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease: symptoms include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and high blood glucose. Researchers measured various metabolic markers for 93 study participants, finding that exercise alone did not lead to improvements. Dietary changes improved the measurements by 40 percent, while diet plus exercise improved markers by 70 percent.
Matthew Bouchonville et al., "Diet Exercise or Both What Obese Older Adults Need to Do to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk", News release, presentation at The Endocrine Society annual meeting, June 25, 2012, © Endocrine Society
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