An intensive diet and exercise program resulting in weight loss does not reduce cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in people with longstanding type 2 diabetes
Losing weight by drinking diet shakes and eating more animal protein may not reduce cardiovascular trouble. It's a shame that this large study didn't look at other weight loss programs that do reduce cardiovascular problems, particularly whole-foods, plant-based diets that are much lower in fat.
Read below the headlines. You'll see that even by just reducing the calories in the Standard American Diet and getting people to exercise "resulted in other important health benefits of the lifestyle intervention, including decreasing sleep apnea, reducing the need for diabetes medications, helping to maintain physical mobility, and improving quality of life."
Dr. David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the New York Times in an article about the study:
You can take more medications - and more, I should say, expensive medications - or you can chose a lifestyle intervention and use fewer drugs and come to the same cardiovascular disease risk.
Sounds like the study found a way for people to lower health care costs and live better lives. It seems like good news, yet the popular press is reporting that "weight loss didn't help."