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  1. Brian (bsc)
    Brian (bsc) July 3, 2013 at 4:41 am | | Reply

    While I agree that the media often is manipulated and is complicit in the distortion of scientific results, we also need to be intellectually honest with ourselves. The Look AHEAD is really somewhat disappointing. And while it did show that patients did better in some ways than usual mistreatment (or “care” depending on how you look at it), it didn’t demonstrate that it is the “best” approach nor did it provide any strong evidence for it’s defined outcome (see [1]).

    I don’t call that a success and I think it is a huge strategic mistake to use this study as further evidence that the our nation should undertake to put all our money into the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). I think we need better evidence on whether a low fat calorie restricted intervention for weight loss really works before we force it on the US population and potentially cause harm, especially when there may well be much more effective treatments.

    [1] https://www.lookaheadtrial.org/public/LookAHEADProtocol.pdf

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