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Losing Weight Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes can be reversed by losing a certain amount of weight, according to new study published in The BMJ.

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Type-2 diabetes can be reversed by losing a certain amount of weight, according to new study published in The BMJ. Photo by Medical News Today

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

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Top Diet Plans for Weight Loss

Individuals seeking long-term weight loss should think about trying Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, as a review of clinical trials ranks them top diet plans in a study (Ann. Intern. Med., 2015). Weight loss is a $2.5 billion growing industry with more than a third of adults obese in the United States. That is why commercial weight loss programs have become so popular but doctors still haven’t had much information to recommended specific programs.

Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers - Weight Loss

Jennifer Hudson after her amazing weight loss with Weight Watchers. Glamaholic Photo

In the trial that lasted one year, Weight Watcher participants had at least a 2.6 percent greater weight loss than those who received only education. People who used Jenny Craig lost 4.9 percent more weight at 1 year compared to those who underwent education and counseling. Other weight-loss programs such as Nutrisystem resulted in a 3.8 percent greater fat loss, while Atkins had a 0.1% to 2.9% fat loss at 12 months.

I believe that weight loss programs that help individuals restrict calories with a strategic approach to making healthier diet choices is key to long-term weight loss. Other fat loss programs that focus strictly on supplements or prepackaged meals are not successful as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. Gudzune and researchers highlighted that “structure and intensity of contact” are highly correlated with program success.

Although diet and exercise are the key factors to weight loss, it seems that frequent coaching and making smart diet choices is what effects long-term weight loss the most. Clinicians may now consider referring obese or overweight patients to Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers as they are reviewed as top diet plans. Programs such as Nutrisystem, demonstrate promising fat-loss results; however, further research analyzing long-term weight loss outcomes are required.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. “Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review” Annals of Internal Medicine 2015