With striking proof that people can prevent or delay diabetes by simply choosing smaller and wiser choices of food, this week's British Medical Journal proved that medication given to prevent diabetes (metformin) is not as effective as patient lifestyle choices. This effect is even more pronounced in female patients.
The study of over 2700 patients demonstrated diabetes risk was reduced by 27% in the lifestyle modification group, compared to only 18% reduction in the metformin group. Both groups fared better than patients who were neither coached for lifestyle changes nor given active medication.
Over the 15 year observation, women randomized to lifestyle modification fared better than women who received metformin. Long-term, the type of intervention made little difference for men.
Compared with participants who developed diabetes, those who did not develop diabetes had a 28% lower prevalence of microvascular complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, microvascular dementia and heart failure.
Diabetes: don't let it happen to you. See your healthcare provider for diet and lifestyle counseling, choose fresh local produce over packaged foods and meats and move your body.