From Science Daily:

For people who already have high blood sugar, preventing diabetes could amount to just another day at the office.

A new study found that employees enrolled in a workplace intervention program as a group lost more weight, showed greater reductions in fasting blood sugar and ate less fat than employees who received only written health guidelines for diabetes prevention.

The employees had been identified through a workplace screening as having prediabetes — higher than normal blood sugar levels — which affects more than a third of American adults. This condition increases risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Half of the employees participated in a 16-week group-based intervention that focused on reducing calories and fat to achieve weight loss, increasing regular exercise and attending weekly group discussions during lunch or after work. The other half received usual care: a booklet of strategies for self-regulated weight loss.

On average, the workplace intervention group lost about 5.5 percent of their body weight and kept it off for three months, compared to less than half a percent of weight lost by the control group. The intervention group members also lowered their fasting glucose levels by more than double that of the control group.

“Adults spend a large portion of their time at work. This study shows that it is not only feasible to implement a comprehensive lifestyle intervention at the work site — it is an effective way to prevent disease,” said Carla Miller, professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State…

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