Weight Loss can Help Reverse Diabetes: A New Year’s Resolution for Longevity

Weight Loss can Help Reverse Diabetes: A New Year’s Resolution for Longevity

Dr. Ernest Levister

Happy New Year! Looking for a New Year’s resolution? If you have Type 2 diabetes and are overweight here’s one for the ages, literally. 

Whether you were recently diagnosed or lived with diabetes for years or even decades, now there is hope. Diabetes mellitus is a lifestyle disease; it is a condition that prevents your body from properly using the energy from the food you eat. And because we all eat several times a day, all diabetic patients are stressed about taking appropriate insulin shots or diabetes pills. This in itself increases stress levels for some. Some will tell you that diabetes is like a best friend who will be with you till your grave. But research has shown that diabetes is reversible. 

In an announcement that should have Type 2 diabetes sufferers regaining hope, researchers at Newcastle University have announced an astounding breakthrough in diabetes care: a possible cure. 

The new study, funded by Diabetes UK—an organization backed by Britain’s National Health Service—found that a simple low-calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes in people who have had the disease for as long as six years. The key to reversing type 2 diabetes, the researchers say, comes down to weight loss. Of those in the trial who lost 33 pounds or more, an incredible nine out of 10 reversed their type 2 diabetes. 

If you are overweight, the keys to preventing type 2 diabetes are to lose weight by choosing foods and drinks that are lower in calories, and to be more active. Set a weight-loss goal that you can reach. Try to lose at least 5 to 10 percent of your current weight within 6 months. 

Large meals can cause blood sugar levels to surge, while eating smaller meals more frequently will help keep glucose levels lower after eating. Plus, a diabetes diet consisting of mini-meals spread through the day will help control hunger and calorie intake, possibly leading to faster weight loss. Set small goals. 

Worldwide, the number of people with type 2 diabetes has quadrupled over 35 years, rising from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. This is expected to climb to 642 million by 2040.

Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with medication and in some cases, bariatric surgery to restrict stomach capacity, which has also been shown to reverse the disease.

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