A recent study has suggested that doctors can get positive results from using waiting rooms in their offices to offer education about nutrition to diabetes patients.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, saw Type 2 diabetes patients attending weekly group nutrition classes in the waiting room of an endocrinology office, according to Fierce Healthcare.

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Patients were tasked with following a portion-controlled or low-fat vegan diet for 20 weeks. At the end of the study, all of the patients had improved their glycemic control, cholesterol levels, and weight.

“Being in a class with other people who have the same goals has kept me on track,” said one patient who participated in the study.

“Doctors can turn their waiting rooms into classrooms. It’s simple and very effective,” said Dr. Neal Barnard, the author of the study. “Patients learn about healthy food changes, and can share tips, swap recipe ideas, and work through challenges together.”

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“Nutrition is one of the most powerful tools we have in the fight against diabetes,” Barnard added. “This study shows that even clinicians who are pressed for time can harness that power by offering group instruction to their patients.”

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, according to statistics from Diabetes.org. It’s reported to be the seventh leading cause of deaths in America.

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Here are ways that you can help manage or prevent diabetes with changes to your diet in addition to treatment. And here are some more facts on reducing diabetes risk with a healthy diet.

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