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A combination of weight loss, healthy eating, behaviour change, and exercise is key to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a landmark study involving experts from the University of Nottingham.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases worldwide – this is thought to be due to the ever-growing number of people who are inactive and are becoming overweight or obese. Preventing the transition from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes is a major challenge in many countries. While several successful lifestyle interventions have been implemented in countries around the world, more research into an optimal preventive diet is still needed.
As part of the largest study of its kind, experts from around the world, including Professor Ian Macdonald and Dr Liz Simpson from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, set up the PREVIEW Project (PREVention of diabetes through lifestyle Intervention and population studies in Europe around the World).
The aim of the study was to find out what the most effective lifestyle (including diet and physical exercise), was to prevent type 2 diabetes in those who are at risk of developing the disease. The main findings of the study are published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Posted on 19th November 2020