Losing at least 10% of body weight could help send Type 2 Diabetes into remission, according to research coming out of the UK.
A 5 year study conducted by researchers at The University of Cambridge followed over 850 people with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes. Data revealed that those who lost at least 10% of their body weight within the 5 years were twice as likely to have their diabetes to enter remission, as opposed to those who lost no weight at all.
We already know that extreme calorie restriction and intensive weight loss can help send Type 2 Diabetes into remission, however these drastic measures can be a challenge for some. These new findings, that suggest similar results could be achieved with a modest weight loss over a longer period, are more attainable, and thus may improve motivation and outcomes for patients.
While Type 2 Diabetes remission is possible, other studies have suggested the occurrence rate is quite low. Despite this, leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is still very important for diabetes management. Losing weight can also assist in lowering the risk of other complications, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you have diabetes and are looking for guidance on weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we recommend booking a consult with our dietitian.
You can also read more about the UK study below.