Type-2 diabetes can be reversed by losing a certain amount of weight, according to new study published in The BMJ.
There is popular belief that type-2 diabetes is permanent, but this study found that people can reverse their condition by losing 30 pounds. If more individuals worked toward this goal, and if more doctors were reporting occurrences of diabetes remission, health care costs and complication rates could both be reduced drastically, according to authors.
Evidence from recent clinical trials was what the analysis was based on. In one of them, individuals who had type-2 diabetes got their sugar levels back to normal when they lost weight on a diet. A follow up study done in 2016 showed that people who had diabetes for up to ten years were able to reverse their condition by losing approximately 30 pounds.
According to Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a person’s chances of suspension from diabetes is greatest in the first 5 years after being diagnosed.
He wrote in an email that type-2 diabetes is “best avoided by the weight gain that drives it.” I believe that weight loss is a better option to prevent diabetes versus taking pills or injections. Many people don’t try to lose weight and keep it off, Lean says-and that may be because that person does not believe they can become non-diabetic again. Doctors should give their patients the proper guidelines and more encouragement.
If many of the healthcare service offer the structured weight-loss programs like those that have showed promise in the clinical trials, patients would have a better chance. Hopefully a program as such will be available soon as there is a large study going on for effectiveness set for next year.
Until further notice, patients should do what is necessary to lose weight and keep it off. It will not be easy but support for sustained weight loss is the best option for people’s remission of diabetes.
Source: McCombie Louise, Leslie Wilma, Taylor Roy, Kennon Brian, Sattar Naveed, Lean Mike E J et al. Beating type 2 diabetes into remission BMJ 2017;358 :j4030
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