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Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease. As with cervical cancer and colon cancer, every new case of type 2 diabetes is evidence of a failure of our public health and medical care systems to address and mitigate the risk factors for this common and costly chronic illness.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study demonstrated that in high-risk individuals, a lifestyle intervention targeting modest weight loss, a healthy lower fat diet and physical activity equivalent to about 30 min of walking a day can reduce the RR of developing type 2 diabetes by …
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