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    Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes, New Study Finds

    Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects 422 million people worldwide. For decades, doctors have treated it with medications designed to keep blood sugar levels down.
    But in a paper published in the Lancet, researchers in the UK describe a landmark study in which people with diabetes went into remission—just by losing weight.
    Nearly half of people in the study who were given a six-month diet plan and lost an average of 30 pounds went into remission and no longer had diabetes. None took any medications during that time to control their disease and relied on weight loss alone.

    Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s in ability to break down sugars from the diet. Normally, cells in the pancreas work to release insulin, a hormone that can process sugar and either send it to cells that need it for energy or store it as fat for future energy needs. Cells in the liver are responsible for clearing insulin from the circulation. But excess fat in the pancreas and liver can start to shut down these insulin-producing cells, leading to spikes in blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications can bring sugar levels down but do not address the compromised insulin machinery.

    In the study, Dr. Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University, and his colleagues randomly assigned nearly 300 people to either a weight management program or their usual treatments, including diabetes medications. All of the people had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the six years preceding the study. The people assigned to the diet group stopped any diabetes drugs they were taking on the same day they began the diet.


    The diet, which was designed to help people lose up to 30 pounds, involved three to five months of a strict low-calorie liquid formula diet averaging no more than 850 calories a day, followed by two to eight weeks of reintroducing food, along with nutritional education and cognitive behavioral therapy to help people stick with the new eating plan.
    Taylor and his team tracked outcomes including weight loss, diabetes remission and level of fat in the pancreas and liver. After a year, most of the people in the diet group lost about 22 pounds, compared to two pounds in the control group. Nearly a quarter of the people who managed their weight were able to lose 33 pounds or more, while none in the control group were able to lose that much. Most importantly, 46% of the people in the diet group went into remission with their diabetes, compared to just 4% in the control group.


    “People newly diagnosed with diabetes for the first time can look at this and know it isn’t necessarily for life,” says Taylor. “It isn’t an irreversible, inexorable condition that you can never escape from — at the moment, people are told that.”
    Previous studies have suggested that lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, can be powerful ways to lose weight and combat diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Programin the U.S. revealed in 2002 that diet and exercise alone can prevent people from progressing from pre-diabetes to diabetes, in some cases better than medications designed to control blood sugar. Gastric bypass surgery, which can result in dramatic weight loss, can also help to reverse diabetes, but the procedure is costly and carries a high risk of complications.


    The current study takes that work a step further and shows that it’s possible to actually reverse the disease in people who have been diagnosed. Taylor stresses that the study only addressed people diagnosed relatively recently — within the past six years — and that the effect may not apply to more long-term patients. That’s because as the disease continues, he says, insulin-producing cells start to die off. Initially, the cells slowly shut down, entering a so-called resting state. Those are the cells that weight loss can re-activate.
    But left in this state too long, the cells eventually die and cannot be revived. Studies suggest that people living with diabetes for more than 10 years, for example, may not be able to rely on weight loss alone to push them into remission.


    That points to an important lesson that Taylor hopes doctors and patients will learn from the results. He says that it’s critical to discuss from the start — when people are diagnosed with diabetes — the possibility of using diet and weight loss to treat their disease. If more people can benefit from losing weight alone, then that would mean less cost to the health care system, as fewer people will suffer the serious complications of advanced disease, which can include heart problems, neuropathy, vision issues and even amputations.
    Taylor says he intends to follow up on the people in the study for another four years to see if they are able to maintain their weight, and, if they are, whether they continue to remain in remission. “From the very clear data we produced in this trial, yes, this is a watershed moment for diabetes,” he says. “We can offer people hope from the start.”

    Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes, New Study Finds | Time

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    Misskit is an owner here who loves to cut and paste.

    Yes, weight loss can reverse diabetes, in addition to other remedies such as cinnamon, avoiding simple and high glycemic carbs, and soda pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    , in addition to other remedies such as cinnamon, avoiding simple and high glycemic carbs, and soda pop.
    Which do you think are more important? Weight loss or the above. One again proving yourself a moron in a nation of fat people. Who know obesity leads to diabetes? But it is know morbid obesity or being a fat fuck leads to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Which do you think are more important? Weight loss or the above. One again proving yourself a moron in a nation of fat people. Who know obesity leads to diabetes? But it is know morbid obesity or being a fat fuck leads to that.
    More important?

    Both are related. Morbidly obese people almost always have shit diet/eat way of life, soda pop, chips, fast food, shite: I see it all the time in what people buy and eat in mini-markets, department stores.

    As you know, all of the canned soups and foods are shite, packed with sodium, HFCs. Same as crackers, and most "foods" in a box.

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    Anyone who has heard of Doctor Michael Mosley - the British TV health-documentary presenter - would likely have heard of this study.

    Michael himself was relatively slim when diagnosed as Diabetic, and once diagnosed made a documentary about diabetes and its treatment. It was making that documentary that led him to discover research such as that mentioned above, and he used the method himself to combat his own diabetes.

    Dr Taylor, of Newcastle University mentioned above, wrote a forward for Michael Mosley's book on the subject. The book is titled 'The 8-week blood sugar diet', and is an interesting read in it's own right. The "diet" is, as MM calls it, a "Mediterranean eating plan". Fish, meat, olive oil, eggs, nuts, full-fat Greek yogurt, fruit and veg, etc. Low carb but not manic about it. There's the 8-week thing restricted to 800 calories per day, and there is a "5:2" method, with two days per week of 800 calorie "fasting" and five days of regular Mediterranean-plan eating.

    MM points out that the obesity / diabetes epidemic has taken off since low-fat diet advice has been the official / mainstream line. Low-fat has been drummed into most of us our entire lives, and average weights have been steadily climbing. Low-fat generally means high-sugar and lots of empty carbs, which leads to hunger.

    Although not diabetic myself, it was only a matter of time. A friend who is/was diabetic has been following the plan for a year - his diabetes is gone and his weight-loss is amazing. He's a bit of a bore to be around these days, but still... So taking his lead I have been on the '8 week blood sugar diet' for six weeks so far. I've lost 11kg. I happen to have had a medical check-up last Thursday, with a blood test a couple of days earlier. My doctor is amazed by the drop in various readings - ones to do with "fatty liver" have literally halved since my last check up, cholesterol has dropped from 5.4 to 4.3, and the associated "bad fats" also halved. Doctor was nearly doing somersaults. He also reduced my blood-pressure medication dose by a third.

    The biggest change for me is the cooking I have been doing. Always more of a baked-beans kind of guy, I've been following the recipes in the book and am quite enjoying the process. And some of the recipes are really delicious - Moroccan or middle eastern styles I think you'd call some of them. I've learned about all kinds of green stuff - parsley is not just decoration for example, who'd have thunk it! I can now cook an omelette, I can bake a casserole, I can grill a piece of salmon and make quite a nice salad. These are such valuable skills to be learning, and give me optimism that this will be the "lifestyle change" I needed.

    There's an app and website I've been using to track calories - myfitnesspal.com . Helps to keep me on the right path.

    I've never bought into celebrity books / diet books myself, I'm too much of a cynic and refuse to boost their profits. But given Michael Mosley was involved, and seeing my friend's results, I gave it a go. So pleased that I did.

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    That's a great story mate and good luck with it.

    Also proves that being a fat unhealthy Fuk is for the plebs of this Earth eh. Create the vast majority of their own health problems.

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    When I had my stroke I was 136kg and when tested at the hospital I had diabetes.

    Sick of the doctor pushing more pills onto me everytime I complained the ones he was prescribing made me feel like shit I changed doctors after 6 months, tested again then and I did not have diabetes and also had the meds changed (was on 18 day and now only 4).

    I see my doc every 3 months and blood is tested, all coming back good.

    I now weigh 95kg's.
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    Brilliant mate, cheers for lookin after ya self eh.

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    bindog,

    Informative and great post.

    Outside of the 800 day calorie cycle, is Vodka / Gin / Wine, OK in moderation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    Vodka / Gin / Wine, OK in moderation?
    Even going to court and a good chance of going to jail, still thinking about the cause of your problems?? Moderation does not seem to be in your vocabulary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    bindog,

    Informative and great post.

    Outside of the 800 day calorie cycle, is Vodka / Gin / Wine, OK in moderation?
    During the eight-week thing, alcohol is "not recommended". Wouldn't take much alcohol to consume the 800 calories anyway eh? High in carbs too. From what I have read, diabetes and alcohol are a really bad mix.

    In MM's book he gives real-life examples, one of them a Scotsman who could not give up his Scotch - but cut it way back. Still did brilliantly from the '8 week' diet.

    A glass or two of wine with dinner is part of "Mediteranean eating" (beyond the initial eight weeks). The "plan" also talks about averaging no more than two units per day of alcohol, with a shot of spirits being 1.5 units. Good news for me!, a large gin and tonic at the "cocktail hour" several times a week is about all I drink now. Really most of us retired (or about to in my case) are probably past constantly "getting on the piss" anyway - just doesn't seem that much fun any longer.

    Red wine is supposed to be good for you - tannins isn't it? Pity wine is so expensive in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    When I had my stroke I was 136kg and when tested at the hospital I had diabetes.

    Sick of the doctor pushing more pills onto me everytime I complained the ones he was prescribing made me feel like shit I changed doctors after 6 months, tested again then and I did not have diabetes and also had the meds changed (was on 18 day and now only 4).

    I see my doc every 3 months and blood is tested, all coming back good.

    I now weigh 95kg's.
    How did you achieve that weight loss Fondles? Going from 136kg to 95kg is massive, well done.

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    A special kind of liposuction. He had the fat sucked out in Pattaya

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    Quote Originally Posted by bindog View Post
    How did you achieve that weight loss Fondles? Going from 136kg to 95kg is massive, well done.
    Change in diet and a lot lot lot less beers.

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