Exercise and Diet Control Can Save Healthcare Costs in Diabetics

The study, published in Diabetes Care, evaluated patients who participated in the NIH-sponsored Look AHEAD program.

Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study.

“Lifestyle interventions promoting weight loss and physical activity are recommended for overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health,” said Mark A. Espeland, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and lead author of the study. “This is the first study to show that weight loss can also save money for these individuals by reducing their health care needs and costs.”

The research is published in the Aug. 21 online issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

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Source: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center