Weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes according to a new study at Newcastle. Over 9% of Americans have type 2 diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association so this is a serious chronic health condition that needs to be prevented.
Diabetes is an issue with your body that affects how blood glucose or sugar levels are maintained. Your body does not handle insulin properly and your pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
A new study conducted by the Newcastle University reveals that the disease is created by fat storage in the pancreas and losing more than one gram from the organ can restore insulin production and reverse the illness. The more grams of excess fat you lose the better your chances are for eliminating diabetes.
In the study, 18 obese individuals with type 2 diabetes were given gastric band surgery and put on a restricted diet for 2 months. They were cured of their condition and during the trial, patients between the age of 25 and 65 lost about thirteen percent of their body weight. They also lost 0.6 grams of fat from their pancreas which allowed the organ to release normal levels of insulin.
This is a great study because it reminds us of how important weight loss is and how diabetes is directly linked to fat stored in the pancreas. Keep in mind that you do have to lose a significant amount of weight just to lose that one gram of fat from the pancreas but it will help cure the disease according to the study. Low calorie diets do have the potential to reverse type 2 diabetes but they are not recommended by the researchers and surgery may be the best option if all else fails.
To find out if the results in this study can be duplicated, the researchers are planning a 2 year study with Glasgow University including 200 people. I find this study quite amazing because it actually breaks down exactly how much grams of weight you must lose to reverse type 2 diabetes and improve your insulin levels.
Diet and exercise may be difficult for many overweight or obese individuals but natural weight loss is very important even after you have surgery. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to keeping the weight off and preventing serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, risk of cancer or stroke and even heart disease.
Now that we know how weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes the next step is to improve our health by eating healthy and staying physical as much as possible. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
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Source: Knapton, Sarah “Type 2 diabetes can be cured through weight loss, Newcastle University finds” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ 01 December 2015