Here is some new and startling research. It appears that eating well and exercising does not lower the risk for stroke, heart attacks, and other cardio problems in people who have type 2 diabetes. According to Science Daily, The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study tested whether a lifestyle intervention resulting in weight loss would lower the risk for stroke, and heart disease in type 2 diabetic subjects.
The researchers conducted a major study on lifestyle changes on over 5, 000 type 2 diabetic patients. Although Look AHEAD did not get the results they were hoping for they did learn valuable information from the study. They found that weight loss decreased sleep apnea, reduced the medication usage, and of course the participants in the study experienced weight loss.
The researchers are currently analyzing the data to understand the implications of the study and what cardio information means to the field of diabetes. They are preparing a peer-review publication. Prior to this study very few large studies have been conducted on cardio findings.
Nevertheless, people in the study did loss about 8 percent of their body weight and kept it off for four years. However, the National Institute of Health (NIH) stopped the intervention study because of the poor results. Though positive results came forth from the study, the main area of research (stroke and heart attack benefits) could not be confirmed.
“The intervention group did not have fewer cardiovascular events than the group receiving general diabetes support and education, but one positive factor we saw was that both groups had a low number of cardiovascular events compared to previous studies of people with diabetes,” said Dr. Mary Evans, director of Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity, and Digestive Diseases within the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the study’s primary sponsor.”
There are over 9 million people in Canada who have diabetes or prediabetes and nearly 24 million people in the USA who have diabetes. It is also important to find out more about the relationship between cardio vascular disease and type 2 diabetes. We know that cardiovascular disease is one of the main symptoms for type 2 diabetes. These symptoms lead to the death of many people suffering with the disease.
Though this study did not produce the desired results, researchers are continuing to gather information in hopes of finding solutions to the growing health concern.