Healthy lifestyle halves risk of cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes, study reports

People with type 2 diabetes were able to halve their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) depending on their healthy lifestyle choices, a US study has found.Not smoking, exercising and drinking in moderation also helped to significantly cut the risk of cardiovascular mortality and improve life expectancy, according to Harvard University researchers.

In the study a healthy diet was classified by the top two-fifths of the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, a scoring metric that can be used to determine overall diet quality.

Harvard researchers studied the lifestyles of 8,970 women and 2,557 men diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, all of whom were free from CVD and cancer upon diagnosis.

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