Why Do Type 2 Diabetics Lose Weight Without Trying?

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Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Cured Through Weight Loss, Newcastle University Finds

Millions of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes could be cured of the disease if they just lost weight, a new study suggests. Scientists at Newcastle University have shown the disease is caused by fat accumulating in the pancreas and losing less than one gram from the organ can reverse the life-limiting illness and restore insulin production. Type 2 diabetes affects 3.3 million people in England and Wales and, until now, was thought to be chronic. It can lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure and limb amputation. “For people with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight allows them to drain excess fat out of the pancreas and allows function to return to normal” Professor Roy Taylor, Newcastle University But now researchers at Newcastle have shown that the disease can be reversed, even in obese people who have had the condition for a long time. 18 obese people with Type 2 diabetes who were given gastric band surgery and put on a restricted diet for eight weeks were cured of their condition. During the trial the patients, aged between 25 and 65, lost an average of 2.2 stone, which was around 13 per cent of their body weight. Crucially they also lost 0.6 grams of fat from their pancrea Continue reading >>

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  1. psue321

    losing weight but not trying to

    Hi. I'm new here and have been looking for info but haven't found anything yet. My hubby is type 2, has been for about 6 years. He looses weight without trying which would be fine if he needed to loose. He's 5'8" and weighs 151. He weighed 153 a month ago. He sees the doc every 6 months, doc says loss is not significant, but I think it is because I know what he eats and he shouldn't be loosing based on that. He has lost 12 lbs. in the last 18 months. He takes metformin (2 500mg once daily) and pravachol (20 mg once daliy) for cholesterol. Sugar is between 90 and 140 most of the time depending on before and after eating, has gone up to 180 range occasionally but was explainable because of something he ate. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be? I wonder about the metformin dosage. Is 2 pills at one time a normal dosage? Can too many carbs cause a weight loss? Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.

  2. Type1Lou

    You might want to check (or have him check) his urine for ketones. Ketones are produced by the body when it uses muscle and fat to supply you with energy rather than properly metabolizing the sugar you eat. This will lead to weight loss no matter how much you eat. Usually, though, this would occur when BG levels are elevated for a good deal of the time…You can get ketone test strips at your pharmacy without a prescription. If he is producing ketones, notify your doctor immediately.

  3. tabby9146

    My type 2 is controlled with diet and exercise, but over a year ago, i went through a scary period of time, where I was losing weight and not trying. People would say, you are STILL losing weight? that was after only 2 or 3 lbs. lost and I did not notice it, they noticed before I did. I lost about 6 lbs. in two months. Not significant, but I was under a lot of stress! When the stress got better, I grdually gained most of it back. The doctor said if I had lost that much in one month, or more than that, she would be concerned. I remember I lessened my exercising, and tried to increase my calories, before going to the doctor and it was working. I hope it is something not serious at all.

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