The Biggest Loser
By Deborah Mitchell for EmaxHealth.com
Contestants in The Biggest Loser participate in the show because they want to lose a significant amount of weight and to compete for big prize money. But an additional benefit for participants who have prediabetes or diabetes has been their ability to shed their use of diabetes medications within weeks of starting the show’s exercise program.
“The Biggest Loser” was a topic of discussion during the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Philadelphia, where the show’s medical advisor, Robert Huizenga, MD, explained the health improvements seen in contestants with prediabetes and diabetes. Those improvements were reported in 35 contestants who were the subject of a retrospective study.
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