The National Institutes of Health has decided to end a study on whether a weight loss intervention would lower the cardiovascular disease risk of people who are obese and have type 2 diabetes. The Look AHEAD study, chaired by Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, did not find a reduction in the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular-related deaths among thousands of people who received the intervention. “Look AHEAD found that people who are obese and have type 2 diabetes can lose weight and maintain their weight loss with a lifestyle intervention,” Wing said. “Although the study found weight loss had many positive health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, the weight loss did not reduce the number of cardiovascular events.”

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