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FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Dietitian-led intensive behavioral therapy may help obese seniors lose weight, a new study suggests.

Intensive behavioral therapy for obesity (IBTO) features individualized counseling sessions to help people change their eating and exercise habits, CNN reported.

The East Carolina University study of nearly 2,100 obese women, aged 65 and older, found that after three years, those who received IBTO lost an average of nearly three pounds, while those who didn’t receive IBTO gained an average of half a pound.

Those who received IBTO also had an average A1C decline of nearly 0.2, which previous research suggests is associated with an up to 10% decrease in death risk, CNN reported.

A1C is a blood test for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

IBTO is provided and reimbursed for Medicare B recipients, who would be 65 or older, the study authors noted.

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