Workplace can help you ward off diabetes

Posted on Dec 12 2015 - 1:29pm by IBC News Bureau

Pre-diabetics, warding off diabetes could amount to just another day at the office as a recent study has revealed that workplace intervention leads to weight loss and better glucose control.

The Ohio State University study found that employees enrolled in a workplace intervention program as a group lost more weight, showed greater reductions in fasting blood sugar and ate less fat than employees who received only written health guidelines for diabetes prevention.

The employees had been identified through a workplace screening as having prediabetes – higher than normal blood sugar levels – which affects more than a third of American adults.

This condition increases risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Lead author Carla Miller said that adults spend a large portion of their time at work. This study shows that it is not only feasible to implement a comprehensive lifestyle intervention at the work site – it is an effective way to prevent disease.

She noted that the participants who attended more group discussion sessions and monitored their food and physical activity lost more weight and weight loss is the primary way to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

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