• Lifestyle changes, meds effective to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes; no change in CVD
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    Lifestyle changes, meds effective to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes; no change in CVD

    Research Highlights: Findings from the multicenter, U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) detail the 21-year follow-up of more than 3,200 adults with prediabetes who had participated in the original Diabetes Prevention Program trial. The DPPOS confirmed that treatment through lifestyle interventions or the medication metformin were effective long-term in preventing or delaying the development of Type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes compared to the participants who received standard care. However, the study participants’ risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease over the 21-year study period did not differ in the metformin or lifestyle intervention groups compared to the standard care…

  • Healthy Habits May Improve Longevity and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
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    Healthy Habits May Improve Longevity and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

    Summary: Healthy eating, daily exercise, reducing alcohol consumption, and not smoking not only lead to a longer life, but they can also reduce Alzheimer’s risk. Source: Rush University Medical Center Everyday habits that serve as the backbone of a healthy lifestyle may keep your brain sharp and help you live longer, according to new research from aging experts at RUSH. A study recently published in the British Medical Journal found that people ages 65 and older who had a healthy lifestyle lived longer—3.1 years longer for women, 5.7 years longer for men—than their peers who didn’t have the same healthy lifestyle. They also spent more of their remaining years without Alzheimer’s disease. What constitutes…