The aim of this article is to inform you about a recent research result. It adds to the data which looks at reversing type 2 diabetes by losing weight. This has been a long-standing debate, but let us take a look at this recent information and possibly put it to the test in our own lives.
In this study, two years after the weight management program, more than a third of the participants were in remission. After a year of being in remission, 70% of the participants remained in remission. Yes, this meant that they were no longer diabetic.
There was a link between remission and weight loss in the results of the study. Those who lost 10 kilos or more, after 2 years went into remission. Yes, it is not an over the night affair. It takes time and commitment on our part, but well worth the effort in my opinion.
Exercise and weight loss always yield additional bonuses. The quality of life for the participants improved. They also needed less medication. It’s time for more information on the study itself. Please continue to read below.
The study was done by the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT). Experts from New Castle University and the University of Glasgow were the ones who led the research.
The study revealed that after the first year of weight loss, as much as 46% of the participants went into remission and as much as 70% of that figure remained in remission. Those who lost up to 15.5 kilos were the ones who remained in remission.
Remission was defined as those participants with less than 48mmol/mol without the help of medication over the long term. Let us dig a little deeper concerning the weight loss and diabetes reversal connection.
More On Weight Loss and Diabetes
When we lose weight, it results in less fat in our pancreas. This allows the pancreas to recover as it relates to its function and insulin production. This leads us to re-think the view that diabetes will progress until complications lead to death.
Here is the bitter reality. We can reverse diabetes by losing weight, but the numbers will climb again once we start to regain the weight. We must keep off the weight.
Is Exercising the Magic Pill?
Something caught my attention in the Media Release. Two testimonials were given at the end and I noticed exercising as a lifestyle change was mentioned by both participants.
It would, therefore, suggest that yes we can reverse diabetes by a lifestyle change of losing weight via diet and exercise. Diabetes will return if we step away from that lifestyle change. We must seek to maintain that weight at which our diabetes went into remission.
I am careful in saying reversing and so I prefer to say remission. Yes, that lifestyle of maintaining a certain weight, coupled with diet and exercise is clearly what is needed to keep diabetes away forever. Here is the link to the media release.
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