Even modest weight loss can give overweight and obese people a decade’s worth of important health benefits, according to a new study.
The study included 3,000 overweight people with impaired glucose tolerance — a pre-diabetic condition — who were shown how to change their behavior rather than being prescribed drugs.
The behavioral strategies used by the participants to help them lose weight included keeping track of everything they ate, reducing the amount of unhealthy food they kept in their home and increasing their amount of physical activity.
Even a modest weight loss — an average of 14 pounds — reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. And the health benefits of this weight loss lasted up to 10 years, even if people regained the weight, said study author Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University in Providence, R.I.