Diabetes reversal hope
- Drastic & sustained weight loss through diet control can lead to long-term remission: Doctors
New Delhi, Sept. 13: Some patients with diabetes may reverse the disease and celebrate long-term remission through drastic weight loss, a team of British doctors said today, challenging the conventional management of diabetes practised for decades.
The doctors said there is significant evidence that the reversal of diabetes is now "clearly attainable" for some, possibly many, but most patients and doctors remain oblivious to these developments and still consider the diagnosis of diabetes a permanent label.
Well-designed, diet-based strategies have been shown to lead to rapid and substantial weight loss and get patients to maintain a 12kg to 15kg weight loss for periods of a year and sustain it beyond, the doctors said, citing studies in the UK over the past five years.
"It is not easy to achieve this, but every person diagnosed with diabetes should get a chance to try it," Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow who is involved in such weight loss studies told The Telegraph over telephone.
"Unfortunately, most patients and many doctors still misleadingly view diabetes as an irreversible condition. A lot of people are being misled into believing that once diagnosed with diabetes, they'll remain diabetic forever."
Lean and his colleagues are questioning a core concept in diabetes management which currently is focused entirely on controlling blood sugar through a mix of drugs and lifestyle management to avoid complications - cardiovascular diseas Continue reading