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How Weight Loss Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

TIME Health For more, visit TIME Health. An analysis published in The BMJ aims to let doctors and the public in on a little-known secret: Type 2 diabetes, in many cases, is curable. People can reverse their diabetes by losing about 33 pounds, say the authors of the new paper, despite popular belief that the diagnosis is always a permanent one. If more people were striving for this goal, and if more doctors were documenting instances of diabetes remission, complication rates and health-care costs could both be reduced dramatically, the authors say. The analysis is based on evidence from recent clinical trials. In one from 2011, people who were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes returned their blood sugar levels to normal when they lost weight on a calorie-restrictive diet. In a 2016 follow-up study, people who had been diabetic for up to 10 years were able to reverse their condition when they lost about 33 pounds. TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news, plus: burning questions and expert tips. View Sample Sign Up Now Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, is an author of both the new analysis and of those earlier Continue reading >>

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  1. Evie

    I heard one cannot reverse diabietes. But it's a bit confusing to me. If I control my diet and my blood sugar level is back in the normal range, does that mean I still have diabetes? In what way is diabetes not reversible? Thanks!

  2. jpg391

    Evie:
    I heard one cannot reverse diabietes. But it's a bit confusing to me. If I control my diet and my blood sugar level is back in the normal range, does that mean I still have diabetes? In what way is diabetes not reversible? Thanks!
    Yes, you still have diabetes even if your blood sugar is back in the normal range. The genetic issue associated with type 2 diabetes is still there. I hope that some day that there will be a cure for all forms of diabetes.

  3. miss-b-haven

    I think using the term "reverse" can be confusing. Some people take it to mean that they are no longer a diabetic. I prefer the term "control". If I returned to the same diet and low exercise lifestyle I had before, those BG numbers would definitely rise. By maintaining what I am doing now I'm able to keep my BG down.
    Karen
    diet and exercise

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