Losing weight by 10-15% gives a chance to get rid of type 2 diabetes

The results of the study clearly show that a slight weight loss will help diabetics go into remission even with a body mass index within the normal range.

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At the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), scientists from Newcastle University reported that one in 10 people with type 2 diabetes in the UK are at a normal weight and doctors generally advise them not to lose weight. In their scientific work, experts assessed whether reducing body weight could improve indicators in this group of patients, reports MedicalXpress.

The study involved 12 men and women with type 2 diabetes who did not have problems with weight – average BMI was 24.5. For several weeks, volunteers were on a strict diet, eating low-calorie soups and smoothies and consuming no more than 800 calories per day.

After three cycles of the program, participants lost 10-15% of their weight, an average of 8.2 kg. Their total volume of fat in the body and in particular in the liver and pancreas decreased significantly. Scientists also noted a decrease in the level of triglycerides, one of the important markers of the risk of cardiovascular diseases, to control values.

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Moreover, in 8 out of 12 participants (67%), diabetes went into remission, that is, blood sugar levels returned to normal without medications. The study authors said these results are consistent with findings from previous scientific work.

“Although this preliminary data, it demonstrates very clearly that diabetes is not caused by obesity, but by it being too much for your own body to bear. This is due to too much fat in the liver and pancreas, regardless of your BMI,” said Professor Roy Taylor, lead author of the study.