Losing weight can reverse type 2 diabetes, but it is rarely achieved or recorded. Type 2 diabetes is generally perceived as progressive and incurable, but for many patients it can be reversed with a sustained weight loss of around 15 kg, say today BMJ experts. Although there is no cure for type 2 diabetes, studies show that it is possible for some people to reverse it. Through dietary changes and weight loss, you may be able to achieve and maintain normal blood sugar levels without medication.
But yes, it is possible for type 2 diabetes to go into remission. This happens when your blood sugar levels are below the diabetes range and you no longer need to take diabetes medication. The strongest evidence we have right now suggests that type 2 diabetes is put into remission primarily because of weight loss. Remission is more likely if you lose weight as soon as possible after diabetes diagnosis.
However, we do know of people who have put their diabetes in remission 25 years after diagnosis. If you are obese, your diabetes is more likely to go into remission if you lose a substantial amount of weight (15 kg) (or 2 stones of 5 pounds), as quickly and safely as possible after diagnosis. Well, our scientists believe that storing too much fat in the liver and pancreas affects the development of type 2 diabetes and losing this fat can help diabetes go into remission. A study we have funded, called DiTRe, looked at the remission of type 2 diabetes following a low-calorie weight management program. Learn more about the study and keep up to date with our referral research.
If you're having trouble losing weight, consider talking to your doctor to find out how diabetes medications might be affecting your waist. He even had one, a patient who reversed his diabetes after dramatic weight loss after 24 years with a diagnosis of T2D; while this patient could be an outlier, he suggests that it is worth trying to address weight loss to avoid the serious complications faced by anyone with diabetes in the long term. If you have diabetes, your doctor may have encouraged you to consider lifestyle changes; for many, this may include losing weight. The drug, the first to attack GIP and GLP-2 hormones, is also associated with significant weight loss. In the meantime, he says, those patients should do their best by any available and safe method to lose weight and keep it off.
What is not yet clear is why the normalization of fat from the liver and pancreas did not reverse diabetes in everyone, it seems that people with a diagnosis of T2D for a short time are much more likely to go into remission with sufficient weight loss, he says. Taheri and other researchers in the field have proposed that more emphasis should be placed on weight loss, especially for younger patients who have recently developed diabetes. Even someone in the “healthy weight range” he says, may have too much fat deposited in their liver and pancreas for their body to cope, so they develop diabetes. Rapid weight loss as soon as possible after diagnosis can definitely change people, agrees Matthew Freeby, MD, endocrinologist and director of Gonda Diabetes Centers at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Westwood, CA. However, evidence now suggests that if people who are overweight or obese achieve and maintain weight loss, they can reverse type 2 diabetes. Taylor cannot say why some who lost at least 10% of their initial body weight achieved remission of their diabetes, with hemoglobin A1c below 6.5%, while others did not.
Another study showed that eating too few calories (500-600) 2 days a week and a normal diet the other days helped people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels as much as limiting calories to 1,200-1,500 every day. This suggests that it may be better for doctors to help people lose a lot of weight after a diagnosis, rather than making small lifestyle changes and managing symptoms with medication. As a result of her research and success stories, Taylor encourages other physicians to stop using diabetes medication immediately and to further encourage weight loss as a first step for their newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, we wanted to test whether inducing moderate weight loss could achieve remission in people who are not obese said Dr. The latter began with a 12-week Cambridge Weight Plan diet supervised by dieticians and low in calories; the kind that forces participants to burn fat stores for energy and therefore lose weight quickly.
It is possible for some people to reverse type 2 diabetes through dietary changes and sustained weight loss. Remission is more likely if you lose a substantial amount of weight (15 kg) (or 2 stones of 5 pounds) quickly after diagnosis. Rapid weight loss, as soon as possible after diagnosis can definitely change people's lives; evidence now suggests that if people who are overweight or obese achieve and maintain weight loss, they can reverse type 2 diabetes.