Diabetes risk reduction may not require exercise

May 24, 2011 7:51:21 PM PDT
A new study shows that losing weight may not be required to lower a person's risk of diabetes. Instead, small reductions in the amount of fat a person consumes resulted in a decreased risk.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham put 69 overweight people, who were at risk for diabetes, on diets for eight weeks with only small reductions to their fat or carbohydrate intake.

Improvements were found with people who ate a diet comprised of 27 percent fat and 55 percent carbohydrates. And researchers say the results were even better for African-American participants.

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