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Weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes

07 December 2017

However, the weight loss treatment is only effective if done during the first few years of the onset of Type 2 diabetes. He said: "It is actually cheaper than some of the drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes".

According to Dr Sujeet Jha from Max hospital Saket, radical weight loss helps remove excess fat from the pancreas.

The condition costs the NHS around £14 billion a year, and can lead to a number of serious complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or stroke.

A new study from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities shows that the disease can be reversed by losing weight, so that sufferers no longer have to take medication and are free of the symptoms and risks.

Roy Taylor, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom who co-led the study said in a statement announcing the findings that the impact that diet and lifestyle has on diabetes are "rarely discussed".

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Prof Lean said: "Our findings suggest that even if you have had Type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible". "This builds on the work into the underlying cause of the condition, so that we can target management effectively", lead researcher Roy Taylor, from the Newcastle University, told The Guardian.

"Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing these organs to return to normal function", Taylor said.

Nearly a quarter of the 149 patients in the weight management group achieved weight loss of 15 kg or more at 12 months, sufficient to achieve remission of diabetes in 90% of cases - defined as HbA1c 48mmol/mol. Prediabetes was defined by the CDC as a condition that if not treated often leads to Type 2 diabetes within five years. This is expected to climb to 642 million by 2040. - AzmanJaka/ pic via AFPLONDON, Dec 7 - A United Kingdom trial study has found that type 2 diabetes could potentially be reversed through weight loss, and with the long-term support of a medical professional.

"Rather than addressing the root cause, management guidelines for type 2 diabetes focus on reducing blood sugar levels through drug treatments. Diet and lifestyle are touched upon but diabetes remission by cutting calories is rarely discussed", Taylor said.

The program also offered ongoing support to maintain weight loss including CBT and strategies to increase physical activity.

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Among those who lost 33Ibs or more, 86 per cent reversed their diabetes.

Half of participants received standard diabetes care and half were guided through a weight loss program, which included a low-calorie but nutrient-complete diet followed by the reintroduction of a well-rounded diet created to help participants keep the weight off. Only 4% of the control group managed to achieve remission.

In the study, patients who had diabetes for up to six years were randomised to usual GP care or to a weight management program involving a low-calorie diet for three to five months, followed by stepped food reintroduction. In a third of patients, losing between 11Ibs and 22Ibs was also enough to put their diabetes into remission.

A clinical trial of almost 300 people aged between 20 and 65 showed that type 2 diabetes could be reversed after an extreme weight management plan.

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Weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes