Low carb diet puts type 2 diabetes into remission

Alicia Farmer
Декабря 6, 2017

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with weight loss, according to new findings by researchers in the United Kingdom, challenging conventional wisdom that the acquired disorder requires lifelong management.

Research over a number of years has indicated that type 2 diabetes - often associated with obesity in people - can be reversed by dietary change.

Nearly half of the 306 participants recruited went into remission, which varied with the amount of weight loss, but the highest rates of remission being achieved in the group that lost the most weight.

New research suggests type 2 diabetes can be reversed in less than a year with the help of a doctor and a weight loss plan.

Researchers from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities believe they have found a way to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes, without requiring a new kind of drug or invasive surgery. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90 to 95 percent of cases in adults. Interesting, indeed, as numerous current treatments for type 2 diabetes involve medication and even surgery to restrict stomach capacity. Nine out of 10 people in the trial who lost 15kg (two-and-a-half stone) or more put their type 2 diabetes into remission.

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

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Of the patients who lost weight, more than half saw their diabetes go into remission: 86 percent of the patients who lost more than 15kg, 57 percent who lost 10 to 15 kg, and 34 percent who lost 5 to 10 kg.

In comparison, only 4% of the group treated with regular diabetes care showed signs of remission. Some 46 percent of the participants following a low calorie diet for three to five months were also able to stop taking diabetes medication. Almost half the people who underwent the diet saw their condition go into remission - providing the strongest evidence yet that diabetes can be eradicated by simply losing weight. Practices were randomly assigned to provide either the weight management programme delivered by practice dietitians or nurses, or standard best practice GP care under current guidelines.

Isobel Murray, 65 from North Ayrshire, was one of those who took part. "It has transformed my life", she said.

The two-year study, funded by Diabetes UK, set about finding an effective and accessible way to put type 2 diabetes into remission for the long term. I was on various medications which were constantly increasing and I was becoming more and more ill every day. "I don't think of myself as a diabetic anymore".

"These findings are very exciting". "The weight loss goals provided by this program are achievable for many people. The big challenge is long-term avoidance of weight re-gain".

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