Study Finds Weight Loss Doesn’t Lower Heart Risks For Diabetics


Proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)

Topics: Public Health

Oct 20, 2012

The New York Times: Diabetes Study Ends Early With A Surprising Result
A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help (Kolata, 10/19).

The Washington Post: Moderate Weight Loss Alone Doesn’t Lower Heart Disease Risk In Diabetics, Study Shows
Losing a small amount of weight doesn’t appear to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with diabetes who are already getting good medical care, according to a long and expensive clinical experiment whose results were announced Friday. While modest weight loss has benefits in how overweight diabetics feel, sleep and move, whatever benefit it may confer in preventing cardiovascular disease — which is what most diabetics die from — is too small to measure, the study found (Brown, 10/19).

Ulcus bei Diabetes mellitus

Ulcus bei Diabetes mellitus (Photo credit: rosmary)

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