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Programs help blunt Memphis’ diabetes epidemic


Dr. Sam Dagogo-Jack, professor of medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, helped lead a major study showing that lifestyle and diet changes can reduce by up to 58 percent the occurrence of diabetes among people who are pre-diabetic. Lifestyle and diet, the study showed, was almost twice as effective as medication in preventing the transition from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

“We can prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes, and even sweeter still, we can observe remission from pre-diabetes back to normal glucose levels,” Dagogo-Jack told The Commercial Appeal in a 2015 interview.

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