Weight loss fails to prevent CVD in diabetes

The study, presented at last week’s American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions 2013, involved 5000 patients with type 2 diabetes with a baseline BMI of 36. It concluded after a decade following a futility analysis.

It showed the intensive lifestyle group lost 6% of their starting weight, compared to 3.5% in the control group. However, the composite outcome of death from cardiovascular causes, non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke, and hospitalisation for angina, was no different in the two groups.

Associate Professor Neale Cohen, general