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Weight Can In Fact Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Study Shows

Weight Can In Fact Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Study Shows

Remission was closely tied to the degree of weight lost, occurring in around nine out of 10 people who lost 15 kg or more, and almost three-quarters of those who lost 10kg or more.

The trial was supervised by professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor of the University of Glasgow and the University of Newcastle respectively.

Of the 36 people who lost at least 15kg 86% reversed their diabetes.

It recruited 298 adults from GP practices across Scotland and the Tyneside region of England who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous six years. More than half - 57% - of those who lost between 10 and 15kg - 28 - also went into remission.

'But our results should pave the way for this type of intervention to be considered in the routine care of patients with type 2 diabetes who wish to attain diabetes remission'.

In the United States, about 30 million people have type 2 diabetes. But it's important that anyone with Type 2 diabetes considering losing weight in this way seeks advice from a health professional'.

Remission could transform the lives of millions of people living with or at risk of the condition, reducing the risk of developing serious complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or stroke. He said: "It is actually cheaper than some of the drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes".

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Roy Taylor, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom who co-led the study said in a statement announcing the findings that the impact that diet and lifestyle has on diabetes are "rarely discussed". The study claims their diabetes went into remission without any medication. "Diet and lifestyle are touched upon but diabetes remission by cutting calories is rarely discussed", Taylor said.

This was the first study to show that extreme weight-loss leads to lasting remission without medication.

The team previously confirmed that Type 2 diabetes is caused by excess fat within the liver and pancreas, and that consuming a very low calorie diet could restore normal glucose.

The earlier research came from the ongoing experimental study, known as DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) that aims to discover an effective way to keep the type 2 diabetes at remission for long-term.

While, the Director of Research at Diabetes UK, Dr Elizabeth Robertson said that, "We're very encouraged by these initial results, and the building robust evidence that remission could be achievable for some people".

An accompanying commentary backed the researchers' argument that weight loss ought to be the primary goal in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.


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