Exercise and Diet Both Help Diabetes and Heart Patients

Thu, 23 Sep 2010
Recent research has disovered that an intervention delivered in a primary care setting targeted at getting patients at risk of diabetes and heart disease to increase their fitness levels and improve their diet enhances their quality of life, as well as being very cost-effective in contrast to standard care.

Rigorous lifestyle interventions delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and cut cardiovascular risk by heightening physical activity, lowering weight and making changes in dietary habits.

Researchers studied the effects on quality of life and the cost-effectiveness of a three-year lifestyle intervention programme amongst 151 men and women at moderate to high risk of heart disease .

Differences between the two groups, intervention group and control group, over the three-year period were observed on most of the quality-of-life measurements taken.

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