Health & Fit Researchers Say They've Found an Easy Way to Reverse Diabetes

22:50  02 october  2019
22:50  02 october  2019 Source:   medicaldaily.com

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Health experts commonly tell patients to lose weight to reduce the effects of type 2 diabetes. But researchers said that it is not always necessary to control weight when diagnosed with the disease.

A new study, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, shows that people can reverse a type 2 diabetes diagnosis with an easier approach. Patients may soon stop following highly strict diets to manage the disease.

"We've known for some time now that it's possible to send diabetes into remission using fairly drastic measures such as intensive weight loss programmes and extreme calorie restriction," Hajira Dambha-Miller, an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, said. "These interventions can be very challenging to individuals and difficult to achieve."

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But the new study suggests following extreme regimens may not be the best approach for people with type 2 diabetes to increase their chances of reversing the condition. Dambha-Miller said it is possible to “get rid of diabetes” by losing only 10 percent of weight, ScienceAlert reported Monday.

The researcher added modest weight loss could prevent diabetes for at least five years. The findings come from the analysis of data on 867 type 2 diabetes patients, aged 40 to 69, from England.

The team divided the participants into groups, which followed either a routine medical care or an intervention treatment that involved additional medical consultations and resources. The researchers then followed the participants for five years.

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By the end of the follow-ups, nearly 30 percent of the participants experienced remission of diabetes. Researchers said that the disease was reversed in people who maintained the same weight or those who lost 10 percent of weight.

The findings eliminate the need to follow previous claims of losing 15 percent of body weight or greater to help people manage type 2 diabetes. Researchers said many patients find the weight loss plan difficult to achieve.

A study in 2017 also showed that the people who were told to follow an extreme "total diet replacement" consumed only low-calorie shakes for months. The intervention led to physical and emotional challenges among participants.

"Previous studies have shown that, when attempting to lose weight, people often set unrealistically high weight loss goals that could be detrimental to success," the researchers of the latest study said.

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