Not an easy lifestyle change to adapt to, perhaps; but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
“We’ve found that people were really interested in this approach – almost a third of those who were asked to take part in the study agreed,” says nutritionist Mike Lean from the University of Glasgow.
“This is much higher than usual acceptance rates for diabetes clinical trials.”
For most of the people willing to make the sacrifices, the effort – based on the first year’s results, reported this week – was more than worth it.
Almost 90 percent of those who lost 15 kilograms (33 lbs) or more, successfully reversed their type 2 diabetes. More than half (57 percent) of those dropping 10 to 15 kilograms (22 to 33 lbs) achieved remission also.
For those who lost less weight – between 5 to 10 kilograms (11 to 22 lbs) – the reversal still worked for more than a third (34 percent) of participants.
When you consider that the control group receiving standard diabetic care management only saw a 4 percent remission rate, it’s clear that an interventionist weight loss strategy is a strong bet for type 2 diabetes patients who want to reverse their condition.
In the study, the average weight loss in the weight management group was 10 kilograms – whereas the control group participants only lost 1 kilogram.
Almost a quarter of the individuals in the weight management program achieved weight loss of 15 kilograms or more by 12 months, compared with none of the controls.