Appropriate lifestyle intervention continues to demonstrate its superior benefits in preventing some diseases like diabetes. The ten-year follow-up of the randomized Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial has demonstrated this. After the first 3 years a 58% reduction in diabetes incidence was observed among those receiving intensive lifestyle intervention, and a 31% reduction in those receiving medication (metformin), relative to the placebo. The biggest news was that after 10 years follow-up, the benefits of both interventions persisted–34% in the lifestyle group and 18% in the medication group. (Download data slide here.)
PositiveTip: Healthy lifestyles adopted by pre-diabetics can significantly improve the odds of not developing the disease at all!