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Medifast's Chairman of the board, Bradley T. MacDonald, also announced that its Corporate Executive Vice President, Retired Maj. Gen. Leo V. Williams, III, USMCR, was elected to the Maryland State Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is representing the state at the National ADA Conference currently taking place in Orlando.
"Leo has an exemplary record of public service, serving his country for 33 years in the Marine Corps and he continues to serve by providing leadership to fight the national epidemic of diabetes within the ADA," states MacDonald. "The opportunity for Medifast to provide nutritional therapy to reduce diabetes, especially in the African-American and Hispanic communities of our nation, is enormous."
Medifast Plus for Diabetics was developed to reduce the incidence of Type II diabetes in the U.S. Recent clinical studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have helped put Medifast in a leadership position for providing nutritional intervention products to combat this dreadful disease state.
Preliminary Results from clinical studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health included:
-- After 34 weeks the study showed that those on the Medifast Diet for Diabetics lost twice as much weight compared to those following basic nutrition recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). -- Those on the Medifast Diet for Diabetics program lost an average of 16 pounds compared to the ADA diet group that lost an average of 8 pounds. -- Two-Thirds of those on the Medifast program lost at least 5% of their weight, which is a standard measure of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) threshold to indicate clinically significant weight loss, versus one-quarter of those on the ADA diet. -- The researchers randomized two groups of Type II diabetics. One group was given the Medifast Plus for Diabetics defined-formula meal replacement diet of soups, oatmeal, bars and a variety of shakes. The other group was asked to follow a diet based on the ADA nutrition guidelines, shop for their own food and manage their own portions, but had the same guidance from the doctors, counselors and dietitians in the study as the Medifast group. -- The study found those randomized to the Medifast program had an average 7.5% decrease in body fat, a clinically significant amount.
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