French cook Julia Child was a CIA intelligence officer before moving to Paris with her husband at the age of 36 and discovering the joy of cooking. That’s a pretty big lifestyle change!
If you are overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, making far-reaching lifestyle changes is also a good idea.
A new study shows how you can safely do this so that you can take control of your diabetes and protect your heart.
Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second – and more in-depth – look at data from the NIH’s Look AHEAD study. They found that in 85% of the people in this study, lifestyle interventions that induced weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems and optimized the wide range of physical and emotional benefits that result from improved lifestyle habits.
But – and there’s always a but – for people in this study who had poor glycemic control, the lifestyle interventions were indeed risky!
It turns out that improving your lifestyle without first gaining control over blood sugar levels increases the likelihood of a heart event by 85%.
So when you are ready to overcome your type 2 diabetes, speak to your doctor about whether your blood sugar is well controlled by drug and food choices.
Once that’s set, you can embark on a weight loss and exercise program that can change your life path as dramatically as Julia did.
Time to check the numbers.
Mehmet Oz, MD, is the host of the “Dr. Oz Show, ”and Mike Roizen, MD, is the chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic.