Diet Trumps Physical Activity for Glycemic Control

July 8th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

A new study published in The Lancet shows little advantage of physical activity over diet for glycemic control in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics.  The study compared three groups: usual care, diet only and diet and physical activity. Both interventions did better than usual care but physical activity did not confer additional benefit. Diet or diet plus physical activity versus usual care in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: the Early ACTID randomised controlled trial : The Lancet Other studies have shown more benefit from physical activity. Further, usual care involves dietary counseling and the intervention here involved more intensive dietary counseling. So this trial may actually attest to the importance of more intensive behavioral counseling. Diet and exercise for new-onset type 2 diabetes? : The Lancet