New-onset type 2 diabetes can be reversed by weight loss, research finds

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24th November 2023
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Losing weight within the first two years of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes increases your chances of remission, a new study demonstrates.

Researchers are advising physicians to pay more attention to weight management in new-onset type 2 diabetes as fat loss can reverse the condition, particularly in young and obese individuals.

During the study, the team of academics examined the weight and health outcomes of 114,874 people in Korea who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 2009 and 2012. The participants were then followed until 2017.

More than 23,000 of the participants lost more than five per cent of their body weight, the study has reported.

In addition, the researchers have found that 2,429 of the participants achieved remission during the trial.

“The adjusted odds ratio for remission in the weight loss group was 2.56 compared with the group with stable body weight,” the report has stated.

It added: “Sensitivity analysis according to the degree of weight change showed that the greater weight loss, the higher the likelihood of remission.

“In the subgroup analysis, the effects of weight loss on remission were significantly greater in subgroups of age below 65 years, male sex and body mass index above 25.”

To read the research, click here.

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