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Evidence for type 2 diabetes prevention

Type 2 diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful.

Studies in Australia and internationally show that it is possible to greatly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by taking part in a lifestyle modification program1-4.  Clinical trials in Finland, the United States of America and China have demonstrated that the incidence of type 2 diabetes can greatly be reduced through lifestyle behaviour change programs. These programs are based on behaviour change principles to improve diet, increase physical activity and achieve weight loss. Lifestyle modification, particularly weight loss and increasing physical activity can not only reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes but can also lower the risk of developing other chronic conditions such as heart disease or stroke.

The Life! program is based on best evidence

This strong and consistent research evidence from a number of countries demonstrates that type 2 diabetes is preventable. The Life! program was developed from this clinical evidence and is based on the Finnish Prevention Program2 and the Greater Green Triangle Diabetes Prevention Program3. This lifestyle intervention approach has been shown to be more effective than taking medication and has a long-term positive effect on your health.


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1 Knowler WC, Barrett-Connor E, Fowler SE, Hamman RF, Lachin JM, Walker EA, Nathan DM. (2002). Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin. N Engl J Med. 346:393-403.

2 Uusitupa M, Lindi V, Louheranta A, Salopuro T, Lindstrom J, Tuomilehto J. (2003). Long-Term Improvement in Insulin Sensitivity by Changing Lifestyles of People with Impaired Glucose Tolerance: 4-Year Results From the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study. Diabetes. 53:2532-2538.

 3 Laatikainen T, Dunbar JA, Chapman A, Kilkkinen A, Vartiainen E, Heistaro S, Philpot B, Abstez P, Bunker S, O’Neil A, Reddy P, Best JD, Janus ED. (2007). Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes by lifestyle intervention in an Australian primary health care setting: Greater Green Triangle (GGT) Diabetes Prevention Project. BMC Public Health. 7:249:255.

4Lindström J, Ilanne-Parikka P, Peltonen M, Aunola S, Eriksson JG, Hemiö K, Hämäläinen H, Härkönen P, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi S, Laakso M, Louheranta A, Mannelin M, Paturi M, Sundvall J, Valle TT, Uusitupa M, Tuomilehto J; Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study Group (2006). Sustained reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes by lifestyle intervention: follow-up of the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study. Lancet. 368(9548):1673-9.

5Saaristo T, Moilanen L, Korpi-Hyövälti E, Vanhala M, Saltevo J, Niskanen L, Jokelainen J, Peltonen M, Oksa H, Tuomilehto J, Uusitupa M, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi S. (2010).  Lifestyle intervention for prevention of type 2 diabetes in Primary Health Care: One-year follow-up of the Finnish National Diabetes Prevention Program (FIN-D2D). Diabetes Care. 33(10):2146-51.

6Vanderwood KK, Hall TO, Harwell TS, MK, Helgerson SD on behalf of the Montana Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Prevention Program Workgroup. (2010). Implementing a state-based cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention program. Diabetes Care. 33(12):2543-2545.