The current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association includes a study where people with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either an intensive lifestyle intervention program or to a control group.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the report:
• 11.5% of participants in the intensive intervention were able to achieve non-diabetic blood sugar levels without the need for medication.
• The intervention included a calorie-restricted diet (1200 to 1800 calories/day) and an exercise program of just under 3 hours of physical activity per week.
• The control group received a "few annual counseling sessions." (By the way, 2% of the control group achieved the same results.)
OK, here are the real kickers for me coming out of this. One of the outcomes of the intervention that was being measured was a reduced risk of heart disease. Sadly, even this intensive intervention failed to reduce that risk.
And the other kicker: "less than one-third of people whose diabetes went into remission during the program managed to keep their blood sugar levels down for at least four years."
So for me this brings up some really interesting things for us to discuss. First of all, do you think an intervention this intense is worth it? If you were part of the 11.5% who got off medications, would you feel it was worth it?
Second, why do you think two-thirds of those who did get off their medications were not able to maintain that kind of control over a long period of time? Is it that diabetes just keeps progressing? Or is it just unrealistic to eat like that and exercise that much ALL the time?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Here's a link to the article: http://medcitynews.com/2012/12/study-diet-and...
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