Losing Weight Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, New Study Says

September 25, 2017

Type 2 Diabetes

How to get rid of type 2 diabetes? New study claims that losing weigh with special type 2 diabetes diet can help!

Recently, scientists found that Alzheimer’s disease is closely related to diabetes and that many specialists are already referring to Alzheimer’s as “Type 3 Diabetes,” but now we have some firm evidence that type 2 diabetes can indeed be suppressed and even reversed by shedding some weight.

Weight Loss And Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Recent study published in The BMJ claims that, although we’ve been told otherwise, type 2 diabetes CAN in many cases be cured.

The authors of the said analysis claim that you can reverse your diabetes by losing about 33 pounds.

“If more people were striving for this goal, and if more doctors were documenting instances of diabetes remission, complication rates and health-care costs could both be reduced dramatically,” study authors say.

These findings are not exactly brand new.

Back in 2011, one analysis revealed that patients with recent type 2 diabetes diagnosis managed to return their blood sugar levels to normal after they resorted to a calorie-restrictive diet which helped them lose weight.

Another study published in 2016, revealed that the same goes for people who had been diabetic for up to 10 years, as they were also able to reverse their condition after losing 33 pounds. So, although it is not just about how recent a patient’s diagnosis was, it does help if you get your diagnosis as soon as possible.

Chances Of Remission Are Highest In The First 5 Years

According to Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the author the aforementioned studies, says that a person’s likelihood of type 2 diabetes remission is greatest within the first 5 years after being diagnosed.

“Type 2 diabetes is a disease best avoided by avoiding the weight gain that drives it,” said Lean. “Not all can do it, but they should all be given the chance with good support,” Lean writes. “Taking tablets or injections for life to reduce blood sugar is a poor second rate treatment.”

The right way to manage type 2 diabetes is to reduce blood sugar levels and lower risks for heart disease by:

However, the main problem here is that most diabetic people are not aware their disease is reversible so they don’t bother to lose weight and try becoming non-diabetic again. The same goes for doctors, oddly enough. Far too many doctors are in the dark when it comes to these findings so they don’t give their diabetic patients the proper guidance and encouragement.

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Lean also mentions that “most healthcare services cannot yet offer a structured weight loss program like those that have shown promise in clinical trials, but we hope very much that one will soon become widely available.”

Although we’ll have to wait until 2018 for the first results from this ongoing study on the effectiveness of similar programs, we are hopeful it can bring many changes to the lives of people with this disease.

Lean and his team also suggest that the medical community should develop clear guidelines for retesting and reclassifying people who were diagnosed with diabetes but managed to bring their metabolic measures back to healthy levels.

“In the meantime, those patients should do their best—by any available and safe method—to lose weight and keep it off. People with diabetes should start to demand support for sustained weight loss, but it will never be simple, and they themselves have to make big long-term changes,” says Lean, and we should probably trust him. I mean the guy’s name is Lean!

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