Behavioural modification most effective in diabetes prevention

At an international conference last week, investigators from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, presented modelling that compared three strategies.

Targeting high risk individuals with elevated blood glucose levels with intensive programs would avert 220,000 cases of diabetes in Australia by 2025. By contrast, a junk food tax would prevent about 38,000 cases, while surgically induced weight loss interventions would prevent about 65,000 by the same date, they said.