Diet and exercise can help people with Type 2 diabetes lose weight, but that weight loss may not translate into a lower risk of heart problems, a new study suggests.
In the study, obese adults with Type 2 diabetes who underwent regular counseling sessions to encourage weight loss and physical activity indeed lost more weight than those in the control group who did not undergo such aggressive counseling. Those in the counseling group lost 6 percent of their body weight over the nine-year study, while those in the control group lost 3.5 percent.
However, those in the counseling group were just as likely to suffer cardiovascular problems — such as heart attack, stroke, hospitalization for chest pain or death from heart disease — during the study compared with those in the control group.
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