Diabetes Study: Focus on Diet

National health officials have some advice for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: focus on eating right.

Losing weight is of upmost importance in the fight against diabetes. In a new study, conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers found that people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who worked with a dietitian lost the same amount of weight as those who made changes to their diet but also exercised regularly.

Although study participants told researchers they enjoyed adding exercise to their diet regimen, researchers noted that it didn’t help their weight loss, according to a news release from the American Diabetes Association.

One reason might be because people who exercised felt they could eat more, said lead researcher Rob Andrews from the University of Bristol in a news release.

“People often make a trade. That is, if they go to the gym, then they feel as if they can have a treat. That could be why we saw no difference in the weight loss for the diet plus exercise group.”

“Getting people to exercise is quite difficult, and can be expensive,” Andrews said. “What this study tell us is that if you only have a limited amount of money, in that first year of diagnosis, you should focus on getting the diet right.”

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