Science Says…Diet and Exercise Prevent Diabetes

In a study published in the Lancet, Chinese researchers studied the effectiveness of long term lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise) at reducing the rate of type 2 diabetes in a high risk population.

577 high-risk Chinese adults were divided into four groups –

  1. Exercise only,
  2. Diet only,
  3. Diet and Exercise,
  4. and the control group who received no behaviour modification.

At the end of this 20 year study, the scientists found that those in the combined diet and exercise group had a 43% lower rate of incidence of diabetes when compared to the control group.

type 2 diabeetus Science Says...Diet and Exercise Prevent Diabetes

So, what does this tell us?

  1. Diet & exercise prevent diabetes
  2. If you choose to eat a diet of high carb, high fat foods, and choose to combine that junk with a lifestyle of inactivity…you are way more likely to suffer the consequences of type 2 diabetes.

Short Term Consequences of T2 Diabetes

  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Increased ketones in your urine (diabetic ketoacidosis)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

Long Term Consequences of T2 Diabetes

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage
  • Foot damage
  • Skin and mouth conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Conversely, if you choose to eat a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein, and you choose to combine that healthy diet with an active lifestyle…you can expect to live a long life free from the worry of sugar induced blindness and amputation.

It’s YOUR choice.

But before you choose, just remember…Just as a healthy diet and exercise prevent diabetes, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can cause diabetes

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.


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    August 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

    The tips on how to plan and execute a custom diet and fitness program consistently will aid in reversing the symptoms of Diabetes Type 2. Good post.

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  4. Julian Welsh

    November 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Those two are the toughest things we have and that’s why I think we fall off the wagon so easily. It’s just hard. I recommend a buddy to be accountable to. These are great tips and I sincerely believe you can improve your blood sugar with diet and exercise. Julian