Many lifestyle factors linked to diabetes risk
(Reuters Health) – A new study reports that weight, diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol intake may each independently influence a person’s risk of getting diabetes.
Researchers found that even when people had a family history of diabetes or were overweight, they were less likely to get the chronic disease if they were healthy in other ways.
And each additional lifestyle improvement lowered their risk. “There are implications certainly for individuals to take one step at a time toward a healthy lifestyle,” said Jared Reis, one of the study’s authors from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
And, he told Reuters Health, “there is certainly benefit for those who may have a tough time with losing weight if they adopt these other healthy lifestyle factors.”