An extreme low-calorie diet that leads to an average weight loss of 10 kilograms can reverse type 2 diabetes, even six years into the disease, a Lancet study shows. In a third of patients, losing between 11Ibs and 22Ibs was also enough to put their diabetes into remission.
Whether it be genetics or just every day choices, Boyd said Type 2 diabetes is a problem that won't be going away anytime soon. Those subjects underwent a liquid diet, which included four 200-calorie meals, for three to five months.
Remission from diabetes was achieved in 46% of the intervention group and 4% of the control group.
More than half of those who lost 22 to 33Ibs achieved remission, along with 34 per cent who lost between 11 and 22Ibs.
He added that Global Positioning System should encourage patients to lose weight as soon as possible after the condition is diagnosed.
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Remission could transform the lives of millions of people living with or at risk of the condition, reducing the risk of developing serious complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or stroke. 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. Evidence that Type 2 diabetes remission could be possible is building, but this research isn't finished yet.
Roy Taylor, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom who co-led the study said in a statement announcing the findings that the impact that diet and lifestyle has on diabetes are "rarely discussed". Diabetes remission can also be achieved with bariatric weight loss surgery, but it's more expensive and risky than a change in diet.
"The weight loss goals provided by this programme are achievable for many people. The big challenge is long-term avoidance of weight re-gain".
This was the first study to show that extreme weight-loss leads to lasting remission without medication. Professor Taylor said: 'Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing the organs to return to normal function'.
The first year findings of the study entitled Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) show nearly half of those who took part in the programme were in remission after 12 months.
Dr Emily Burns, Diabetes UK acting head of research communications, said: 'Thanks to ground-breaking research like DiRECT we're beginning to change the conversation around Type 2 diabetes, and that's a conversation that Global Positioning System can have with their patients as well.