A federal study designed to test whether intensive lifestyle modification can reduce cardiac mortality the same way as it reduced the incidence of diabetes in prediabetic people has been canceled.
Called Look Ahead, the study randomized about 5000 overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes to either intensive lifestyle training or just advice. After up to 11 years, the number of cardiac events and cardiac mortality was the same in both groups.
It’s impossible to make useful comments about the study until the detailed study procedures are released, so I won’t try. Science Daily has a store here, and the New York Times has a story here. You’ll probably see stories about this in all the major news outlets.
Although cardiac mortality was the same, people in the intensive arm of the study lost more weight and needed less medication to maintain their goals.
When the full study results have been released, I’ll comment more.