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Type 2 Diabetes Reversed With Weight Loss: Super Low-calorie Diet May Cure The Disease

Update | Hundreds of people went on an extreme diet with the hopes of curing their Type 2 diabetes. For some of them, it worked. A study published in The Lancet on Tuesday chronicles a remarkable change in the health of its participants. One of the findings—that a calorie-restricted diet leads to weight loss—is hardly groundbreaking. But the effect that losing weight had on diabetes was dramatic. For nearly half of the people on the diet (86 percent of the 36 people lost more than 30 pounds), their diabetes appeared to be gone a year later. The technical term the authors used was “remission.” That term indicates that the levels of red blood cells connected to sugar molecules had fallen below a certain limit even without medication. That limit, often used as a shorthand to diagnose diabetes, is known as HbA1c. It's an indicator of average long-term blood sugar levels and may also be related to the risk of developing complications from diabetes. "'Cure' implies absolute and lasting absence of disease—such as curing tuberculosis. Remission recognises that the person is still susceptible to diabetes and emphasises that continued attention to weight control is vital," said Dr. Continue reading >>

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  1. Puja Gupta

    Itching is not the symptom of the diabetes.There is no co relation of the itching and diabetes .

  2. Clare Romund

    Dehydration is common in those with uncontrolled diabetes. When your blood sugar is high, your body tries to flush out all that extra sugar by excreting it through your urine. When you lose water, your skin can dry out, causing you to itch.

  3. Rajagopalan K

    It is very difficult to relate diabetes to itching as most patients of diabetes do not have itching because of diabetes but some other cause. The only situation I can think of is when a diabetic has severe kidney damage and his/her urea level of blood goes up and leads to itching.

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