Reduced CV Risk in Newly-Diagnosed Diabetes Patients Who Make Lifestyle Changes
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Making healthier behavioral changes such as increasing physical activity, improving diet, and reducing alcohol consumption can lower cardiovascular risk in patients newly diagnosed with diabetes, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Over 800 patients aged 40–69 who were recently diagnosed with diabetes were evaluated after a median follow-up period of 5 years. Of this group, 6% experienced a cardiovascular event. Researchers discovered that the risk of developing a cardiovascular event was inversely related to the number of healthy changes made by the patient one year post diabetes diagnosis. Setting healthy goals early on may help newly diagnosed diabetics reduce their risk of heart disease.
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