Making dietary changes right after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can make a big difference in health. Researchers assigned 593 adults newly diagnosed with diabetes to
- usual care, consisting of two consultations with a dietitian;
- intensive dietary intervention, advice from a dietician and monthly support meetings with a nurse; or
- intensive dietary intervention plus moderate exercise.
At six months the intensive dietary group and the diet/exercise group enjoyed a 28 percent and 33 percent reduction in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), while levels worsened in the usual care group.
At one year, one-third as many who dieted or both dieted and exercised needed meds to lower HbA1c as those receiving usual care.
Source: The Lancet, vol. 378, p. 137; Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50