Counseling May Be Associated With Improved Short-term Weight Loss in People at Risk of Developing Diabetes
Researchers at the Peninsula Medical School in England set out to determine if basic counseling for weight loss and physical activity would help people reach weight loss and activity goals. The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice , found that counseling may help in short-term weight loss success.
About the Study
At the end of the six-month trial:
- 24% of the counseling group and 7% of the brochure group reached their weight-loss goal
- There was no significant difference between groups in reaching physical activity goals
How Does This Affect You?
Weight loss can play a significant role in the control and prevention of diabetes. Counseling may help you take the appropriate steps and motivate you to continue losing weight. Work with a professional or organization to make a reasonable plan. Aim to make gradual lifestyle changes.
Talk to your doctor or diet or exercise specialists about a plan to help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Greaves CJ, Middlebrooke A, O’Loughlin L, et al. Motivational interviewing for modifying diabetes risk: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract . 2008 Aug;58(553):535-40.
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