Research published Tuesday confirmed what dieticians and diabetics have believed all along. Dramatic weight loss can put Diabetes 2 into remission. While bariatric surgery could achieve the same results, it only works to beat diabetes on about 30% of patients; it's also riskier and more expensive. However, this new study has found that a calorie-restrictive diet, about 850 calories a day, could work better than medication.
Sponsored by the Diabetes UK, a non-profit organization, the study was conducted between July 25, 2014 and Aug 5, 2017 on 306 people. After 12 months of dieting, almost half of participants achieved remission to a non-diabetic state and were able to stay off of antidiabetic drugs. At 12 months, 36 (24%) participants had lost an average of 33 pounds.
Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University, UK, who co-led the study stated:
"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. ...The big difference is that study focused on dietary weight loss with no increase in physical activity" initially. Longer term, patients would need to increase daily activity, though, he said.
Granted, not everyone with type 2 is overweight. But for those who are, eliminate sugary, fried and processed foods and increase green leafy veggies, or chose supplementary shakes. By any means, calorie counting must be a part of the regimen.
So, if you have diabetes, or think you do, consult your doctor and a local dietitian for a program that works best for you. There are millions of people with the disease who don't even know they have it. According to the Center for Disease Control, 30.3 million people have diabetes (9.4% of the U.S. population). Only 23.1 million people have been diagnosed and 7.2 million (23.8% of people with diabetes) remain undiagnosed.
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