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Genetic diabetes counseling may not inspire change to reduce diabetes risk

(Reuters Health) Counseling people about their personal risk of diabetes based on their genes may not motivate them to take steps to prevent the blood sugar disease, a new study suggests.
Overweight and obese research participants lost the same amount of weight and were similarly dedicated to a diabetes-prevention program whether they learned their genes put them at high or low risk - or when they hadn't been counseled at all.
"It's very, very hard to change behavior," said lead researcher Dr. Richard Grant.
Community: We can change behaviors more easily if we learn to improve impulse control. There are many practical things we can do to prevent, delay, or reduce the severity of diabetes. And the CDC has this: “Fotonovela Gives Tips to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.”
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