Healthy living classes 'can reduce heart disease risk in diabetes patients'

1 February 2016

Community lifestyle interventions aimed at teaching healthy living basics can help diabetes patients to reduce their risk of developing heart disease.

This is according to a new US study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which was designed to evaluate the potential benefits of a scheme called the Complete Health Improvement Lifestyle Intervention Program (CHIP).

The initiative includes dietary targets, cooking classes, an exercise regime and group discussions to give participants the specifics they need to improve their health. For this study, CHIP was trialled among 110 patients.

Participants were shown to experience significant reductions in total cholesterol, fasting glucose, body mass index and systolic blood pressure levels, thus helping the patients reduce the heart disease risks associated with diabetes.

Previous studies have indicated that CHIP is effective in maintaining reductions in cardiovascular risk factors for up to three years after completion of the programme.

Jay Shubrook, a diabetologist at Touro University California's college of osteopathic medicine, said: "This programme engages the community to strive for and reach better health, while preparing participants with the structure they need to continue a healthy lifestyle in the future."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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