Detecting and treating prediabetes key to diabetes prevention strategy

The study, presented at the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia last week, found early intervention was the key but the strategy employed to achieve glucose reduction was unimportant.

The authors analysed results from an ongoing observational study of patients in the US Diabetes Prevention Program. They studied almost 3000 patients, all of whom had prediabetes and were at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Participants were randomly assigned to lifestyle intervention, metformin or placebo. They focused on patients who did not progress to diabetes, but actually reverted to