The headline says it all. A healthy diet and exercise can prevent people with prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. But research shows that there is no difference in making those changes if you’re male or female.

The results of new research shows that gender played no role in the effectiveness of lifestyle changes and medication for people with prediabetes.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic review that assessed potential sex-specific differences in effects of preventive interventions in prediabetic people," wrote Dr. Anna Glechner, of Danube University Krems, and Dr. Jurgen Harreiter, of the Medical University of Vienna, and colleagues.

The researchers looked at data from more than nearly 7,500 women and 5,500 men in 12 studies. Their research found that men and women with prediabetes who made lifestyle changes were 40 percent less likely to progress to diabetes after one year, and 37 percent less likely to progress after three years, compared to those who did not make lifestyle changes.

The Men and women with prediabetes who made the lifestyle changes lost more weight and had greater reductions in blood sugar levels as well, according to the researchers.

This news just reaffirms that changing to a healthier lifestyle is a worthy cause, especially for those with prediabetes. We now know it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. All that matters is having a consistent diet full of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits is great. Exercising on a regular basis is as important as well.


HealthDay: Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds