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NIDDK Director's Update

Research Updates

Winter 2012

Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk from type 2 diabetes:

Intervention stopped early in NIH-funded study of weight loss in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes after finding no harm, but no cardiovascular benefits: An intensive diet and exercise program resulting in weight loss does not reduce cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in people with longstanding type 2 diabetes. Investigators are preparing a report of the findings for a peer-reviewed publication. www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2012/niddk-19.htm  

"Biggest Loser" study finds modest diet and exercise can sustain weight loss:  

 Exercise and healthy eating reduce body fat and preserve muscle in adults better than diet alone, according to a study funded and conducted by NIDDK. The study was recently published online in Obesity and will be in a future print edition. www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2012/niddk-15.htm 

Lady shoppingAfter diabetes during pregnancy, healthy diet linked to reduced type 2 diabetes risk:

By sticking to a healthy diet in the years after pregnancy, women who develop diabetes during pregnancy can greatly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study supported by the NIH has found. The study appears online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2012/nichd-09.htm    

Family problem-solving sessions help teens better manage diabetes:

A clinic-based program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families helped the teens develop the healthy behaviors needed to control their blood sugar levels, NIH researchers have found. Findings were published online in Pediatrics. www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2012/nichd-07.htm  

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