For the last 20 years I have strongly recommend exercise, weight reduction, and restriction of refined carbohydrates. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced that a study from the National Institutes of Health shows that exercise, weight reduction, restriction of refined carbohydrates, and the drug Glucophage, also known as metformin, help to prevent diabetes.

This study shows that those who dieted and exercised had a 58 percent reduction in the onset of diabetes. That means that a diet and exercise program prevents diabetes, and lifestyle changes are more important than drugs. Those 60 and older who changed their diet and exercise program had an astounding 71 percent reduction in diabetes. Those who received the diet and exercise counseling lost 15 pounds on the average. The group that took Glucophage (metformin) had a 25 percent reduction in the onset of diabetes.

800,000 people develop diabetes each year. You are at high risk for diabetes if you store fat primarily in your belly, have male pattern baldness, have a family history of diabetes, have high blood levels of triglycerides, have low blood levels of HDL cholesterol, are a woman with irregular periods or have a difficult time getting pregnant, are a woman with acne, hair on your face or body, or a great athlete.

Diabetics are at high risk for blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, impotence, burning foot syndrome, itching, high blood pressure and dying prematurely. To prevent diabetes, start an exercise program; lose weight if you are overweight; restrict bakery products, pasta, fruit juices, and sugar added foods; and eat salads at least twice a day. See report #D222.

Checked 8/9/05

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