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Lifestyle changes key to reducing risk of Type 2 diabetes

In an article, published in the British Medical Journal today, American medical experts claim that taking prescription drugs to prevent diabetes cannot be justified as lifestyle changes are just as effective.

The article refutes the idea of using the drug rosiglitazone as a preventive measure although the results of an international trial, the DREAM study, previously showed that the drug could be effective in reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK advises that lifestyle changes, such as increasing levels of physical activity and following a healthy and balanced diet should always be the first options considered when trying to delaying or preventing Type 2 diabetes.

"The MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) state that Rosiglitazone is a safe and effective treatment for those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Used as a preventative medication, the DREAM study has shown that it can reduce the risk of developing the condition", said Simon O'Neill, Director of Care, Information & Advocacy Services.

"However, much more research needs to be done to justify the use of this drug in preventing Type 2 diabetes. Studies in the US and Finland have shown that small lifestyle changes are effective in delaying or preventing Type 2 diabetes."

"Diabetes UK already strongly recommend that people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes should be incorporating increased levels of physical activity into their daily lives alongside making changes to their diet."

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