Reuters have reported on an paper published by the Prevention group that has found that changes to healthy behaviour in the first year following diabetes diagnosis is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease over the next 5 years, and that the risk of cardiovascular disease is inversely associated with the number of positive health behaviours an individual adopts. Lead author Dr. Grainne Long highlighted the implications of this paper for clinical practice:
The lifestyle changes appear to be beneficial for older and younger patients, for men and women from different social groups, and for people taking several or few medications,
We concluded that if practitioners can support newly diagnosed patients to achieve and maintain these goals this could help reduce the burden of diabetes-related morbidity and mortality.
The full Reuters article can be read here.
Read the original paper:
- Long GH, Cooper AJ, Wareham NJ, Griffin SJ, Simmons RK. “Healthy Behavior Change and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Patients: A Cohort Analysis of The ADDITION-Cambridge Study” Diabetes Care. 2014 Mar 21. http://dx.doi.org/