We need to talk more about reversal of type 2 diabetes
In 2011, a landmark study demonstrated that it is possible for people to reverse type 2 diabetes by lifestyle change. Six years later, many people have reversed their diabetes, yet many health professionals and diabetes organisations maintain the line that it is a progressive permanent condition. Meanwhile, the huge global growth in type 2 diabetes continues unabated.
A transformational change in our understanding
For many years, I worked as a Consultant Diabetologist, responsible for delivering diabetes care for the area around Bournemouth, on the South Coast of the UK. Type 2 diabetes was considered to be an inexorably progressive disease, fraught with risk of complications and ill health and requiring ever more intensive treatment. And this is what people were told when they attended the education programme set up for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. While many people responded to the lifestyle advice provided, the overall message was often perceived as negative, devoid of hope for the future, and demotivating, especially to those that found lifestyle change difficult.
Type 2 diabetes is not inevitably progressive. It is a condition that can be reversed by lifestyle change and weight loss.
In 2011, the Counterpoint study was published. This established that type 2 diabetes is not inevitably progressive. It is a condition that can be reversed by lifestyle change and weight loss. To me this transformational research revolutionised our understanding of type 2 diabetes. I felt that everyone with the condition, and especially everyone at diagnosis, should know that Continue reading