First author Hajira Dambha-Miller, a physician from Cambridge’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care, said that people who lose at least 10 percent of their weight in the first five years following their diagnosis were more than twice as likely to go into remission than those who maintained the same weight. This finding suggests that it is possible to reverse the disease without the intensive lifestyle interventions, extreme calorie restrictions and exercise regimens commonly associated with diabetes management.
“Our results suggest that it may be possible to get rid of diabetes, for at least five years, with a more modest weight loss of 10 percent. This will be more motivating and hence more achievable for many people," said Dambha-Miller, acknowledging that many patients find following traditional regimens very challenging.
As detailed in the journal Diabetic Medicine, the research team studied data from the ADDITION-Cambridge trial, a prospective cohort study of 867 people aged 40 and 69 years who had just been diagnosed with diabetes. These individuals were recruited from general practices in the eastern region.
The researchers found during a five-year follow-up that 257 of the 867 individuals -- or 30 percent of the entire pool of participants -- were in remission. According to the study, people who lost 10 percent of their weight or more within the first five years after diagnosis were more than twice as likely to go into remission compared to people who maintained the same weight.
According to Simon Griffin, the senior author of the study, their findings reinforce the importance of managing your weight, which can only be achieved by making healthy changes to your diet, as well as increasing your physical activity. (Related: Low-carb diets confirmed to be beneficial for those with diabetes.)
“Type 2 diabetes, while a chronic disease, can lead to significant complications, but as our study shows, [it] can be controlled and even reversed," added Griffin.
Weight management is important for disease prevention and for the maintenance of good overall health. To help you manage your weight in a healthy, sustainable and sensible manner, here are some tips:
If not managed properly, Type 2 diabetes can be deadly. Fortunately, you can reverse diabetes with proper nutrition and regular exercise -- as highlighted in the Cambridge study -- and essentially kick it to the curb.
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