Diabetes is the third leading cause of death behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. The condition is becoming more common, with the number of diabetics expected to double in the next 10 years.
Fortunately, as shown in a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), dietary changes and an increase in activity can reduced the risk of diabetes by more than half. This is great news and shows that type 2 diabetes may be a preventable illness.
The subjects of this study were asked to cut down on their intake of fat (particularly saturated fats found in animal products such as meat, cheese and butter), increase their intake of fibre, and take more exercise (at least 30 minutes per day). After four years, their risk of developing diabetes had fallen by an impressive 58%!