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68-year-old Arlene Gartenberg was diagnosed with type two diabetes in September. Her doctor suggested more exercise and a healthier diet.

"Foods like vegetables, a lot of salads, and fruit."

A new national study followed high risk patients for 15 years and found prevention treatments for diabetes work.

"Diet and exercise and the use of the drug metformin were able to prevent the progression to diabetes to a very significant degree."

An estimated 79 million American adults are at risk for developing type two diabetes.

Genetics play a role. People who are overweight and sedentary are also at high risk. Dr. Mark Wiesen says the right choices are key.

"Lifestyle changes percentage wise were twice as effective as medication alone in preventing progression to diabetes."

Arlene is glad she took control of her health. "Aerobics class, Pilates and an hour of yoga and then I do a lot of walking."

She's lowered her blood sugar levels and she's shed 18 pounds.
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