A British study by the Glasgow and Newcastle Universities has found that type 2 diabetes could potentially be reversed through weight loss. The initial findings come from an ongoing trial study which aims to find an effective, accessible way to put type 2 diabetes into remission long-term. The study recruited 298 people and gave half the patients standard diabetes care from their GP, while the other half were placed on a structured weight loss management program. The team found that almost nine out of 10 people (86 per cent) who lost 15kg or more put their type 2 diabetes into remission. The team found over half (57 per cent) of those who lost 10 to 15kg also achieved remission, along with a third (34 per cent) of those who lost five to 10kg. Prof. Taylor from Newcastle University said “These findings are very exciting. They could revolutionise the way type 2 diabetes is treated.” Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing these organs to return to normal function. What we’re seeing that losing weight isn’t just linked to better management of type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission.” The results been published in the prestigious Medical Journal ‘The Lancet’.
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