Type 2 diabetes can be REVERSED by strict weight loss programme without medication, study finds
Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed by a weight loss programme without any medication, a study has found.
The landmark trial of UK adults published in the Lancet showed that 46% of patients on the strict calorie counting programme who lost an average of 10kg were ‘cured’ a year later.
That compared to only 4% of a second group which followed the current best practice treatment of GPs’ lifestyle advice and drugs to reduce blood sugar levels.
Scientists are hailing the programme of strict calorie control combined with counselling and then gradual increases in exercise as a possible template to reverse diabetes.
Almost nine out of 10 participants who lost more than 15kg on programme put their condition into remission.
There are 3.6 million people diagnosed with the condition in the UK and a further one million who do not know they have it.
The findings suggest, if rolled out nationally, at lest 1.5 million Brits could reverse their diabetes within a year.
The NHS currently spends 10% of its budget on treating diabetes and its complications, around £14 billion annually. This is expected to rise to 17% by 2035.
Co-author Professor Roy Taylor, of Newcastle University, said: "Rather than addressing the root cause, management guidelines for type 2 diabetes focus on reducing blood sugar levels through drug treatments.
"Diet and lifestyle are touched upon but diabetes remission by cutting calories is rarely discussed.
"A major difference from other studies is that we advised a period of dietary weight loss with no increase in physical activity, but during the long-term Continue reading