Extended office hours good for controlling diabetes, says study

By TNT Bureau

June 19, 2017: Extended office hours can help to control diabetes, says a new study. It was found that people with diabetes when joined office intervention programs as a group their levels of blood sugar decreased and they also lost considerable amount of fat and weight.

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Yes, this means that while we fuss and get agitated when required to spend a little more time in the office, it might actually be controlling the symptoms of high blood sugar levels. The finding may seem quite unusual to many but has indeed successfully proven the fact. So, the next time you have to stay behind for office related work, don?t fret and get irritated. It is to be remembered that you are actually reducing the dreaded risk of diabetes while moving towards health enhancement through cutting down of calories and daily exercise regimen.

The researchers reported that office going people tend to fall prey to diabetes and heart diseases. However, workplace intervention programs can actually reverse the risk of high blood sugar levels.

Around 69 employees were scanned in the research. They were divided into 2 groups with 34 and 35 participants respectively. The first group underwent an office intervention program that concentrated upon cutting down the intake of calories on a daily basis and also day-to-day physical activities to lose weight and also reduce stubborn fat. This was done for a period of 16 weeks. Additionally, the group was also asked to attend a group discussion after working hours or even during lunch hours.

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On the other hand, the second group were subjected to acquire the daily care that included a booklet containing varied kinds of strategies. Such strategies were targeted towards weight management in a self-regulatory way.

The participants were further encouraged to try and reduce at least 7% of their overall body weight within the period of sixteen weeks.

It was found that the first group lost about 5.5% of their body weight on an average scale with almost a third of the group managing to lose 7% of their entire body weight. When compared to the other group, it was seen that only 2.9% of the group managed to reach the decided goal.

Furthermore, it was seen the participants from the first group also consumed less amount of fat and started adding good amount of fiber in their daily diet instead. The participants of the second group did not observe any such changes and continued with their normal diet as before.

The lead author of the story Carla Miller said,?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.? She is also the renowned and celebrated professor at the Ohio State University where she specializes in subjects such as human nutrition.

The findings of the study were published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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