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Counseling Helps Patients Adhere to Lifestyle Change

(MedPage Today) Counseling-based approaches had a beneficial impact, albeit modest, on decreasing unhealthy behavior in adults at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the results of two small late-breaking clinical trials presented here.
Participants in Fifty Fifty, a peer-group-based intervention program in Spain, were associated with overall improvement in mean cardiovascular risk scores compared with controls, with a difference of 0.75 points … on a 15-point scale, Valentin Fuster, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, reported…
Fuster said that peer support is a proven beneficial strategy for substance abuse, so a similar peer support strategy for modifying global risk factors and behavior deserved consideration.
"This group met every month for about a period of 12 months and obviously they helped each other, exactly like [what] happens with Alcoholics Anonymous," he said.
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