Danish research provides new insight into treatment of type 2 diabetes

August 22, 2017
According to a new Danish study, one hour of exercise five to six times per week and a healthy diet might ‘cure’ type 2 diabetes.

The newly published study by Centre for Physical Activity Research (CFAS) at Rigshospitalet revolutionizes the approach to treatment of type 2 diabetes with the finding that a change in lifestyle has more pronounced effect on clinical symptoms of disease than existing treatment.

According to the results of a one-year trial, in which an intervention group was ordinated exercise and a meal plan, the need for medical treatment was reduced by 56% among patients with non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes. The reduction in the control group, which was ordinated medical treatment and lifestyle advises, was merely 14%.

Type 2 diabetes is a major threat to public health. Therefore, the results of this trial have great potential to be included in both health promotion and treatment of the disease.

The study has been published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. You can also read more about the study here.

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