Spending extra time in office can reduce diabetes risk

Spending extra day in the office can prevent diabetes risk, says a new study. According to researchers, people who have high blood sugar when enrolled in workplace intervention program as a group were found to lose more weight, their blood sugar reduced and they ate less fat.

Researchers say that people working in office tend to have high blood sugar levels which triggers risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. However, workplace intervention program can reverse the diabetes risk.

For the research, study authors observed 69 employees with average BMI of at least 25 and divided them into two groups of 35 members and 34 members respectively. First group participated in a 16-week group-based intervention program that focused on cutting down calory intake and did regular exercise to reduce fat and lose weight. They also attended weekly group discussion either at lunch or after working time. While the second group received usual care: a booklet of strategies for self-regulated weight loss.

All participants were urged to try to lose 7 percent of their body weight over the 16-week study period. While the intervention group on average lost 5.5 percent of their body weight, almost a third met the goal of losing at least 7 percent of their body weight, compared to just 2.9 percent of the control group who reached that goal. It was also learned that intervention program also reduced fat intake and people in the intervention group started consuming more amount of fiber in diet. While no such changes were noticed in the control group.

“Adults spend a large portion of their time at work. This study shows that it is not only feasible to implement a comprehensive lifestyle intervention at the work site – it is an effective way to prevent disease,” said Carla Miller, professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study.

The study appeared in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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