Lose Weight and Your Diabetes with This New Study Discovery and Weight Loss Drink Advice
A new study found that almost 9 out of 10 study participants who lost approximately 33 pounds automatically reversed their Type 2 diabetes. Here is how long it took and what one study participant revealed was her weight loss drink and tricks that made her lose weight and her diabetes.
Recently published in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers report that losing weight is an effective way for most Type 2 diabetes sufferers to reverse their medical condition. The researchers explain that why weight loss works is that, “Substantial weight loss results in reduced fat inside the liver and pancreas, allowing these organs to return to normal function…what we’re seeing from DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) is that losing weight isn’t just linked to better management of Type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission,” says Professor Roy Taylor lead researcher of the DiRECT study from Newcastle University.
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood. This happens because the pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, or the insulin it does produce is unable to work properly. If the elevated blood sugar is not managed it can lead to severe health complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure and stroke, and a shortened lifespan.
In fact, researchers believe that there is a paralleled increase in the growing diabetes incidence and the increased consuming of sugary sodas over the past 30 years.
But don’t think that switching to artificial sweeteners as a sugar substitute for avoiding diabetes, will work in a warning from Dr. Oz about fake sugars that kill.
A Focus on Type 2 Diabetes – the preventable type
Type 2 diabetes is when the body still makes some insulin, but not enough, or when the patient has a condition known as insulin resistance. Those most often affected by Type 2 diabetes include the overweight with a large waist size, a close relative with diabetes; or, are from an African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese or South Asian ancestry. Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes can typically be controlled with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. Medication is also often required.
The study consisted of 298 participants recruited to take part in DiRECT, with half (the control group) receiving standard diabetes care from their physician, while the other half (the intervention group) received a structured low calorie, nutrient-complete diet weight management program for three to five months that included food reintroduction service and long-term support to maintain weight loss.
What the results showed was that:
• Diabetes remission was achieved in 46% of the participants in the intervention group, but only 4% of the participants in the control group.
• Remission varied with the amount of weight lost.
• Mean bodyweight fell by 22 pounds in the intervention group and 2.2 pounds in the control group.
• Quality of life markers improved by 7.2 points in the intervention group, and decreased by 2.9 points in the control group.
According to the press release the researchers involved in study were very encouraged by the findings:
Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: “These first-year findings of DiRECT demonstrate the potential to transform the lives of millions of people.
“We’re very encouraged by these initial results, and the building robust evidence that remission could be achievable for some people.
“The trial is ongoing, so that we can understand the long-term effects of an approach like this. It’s very important that anyone living with Type 2 diabetes considering losing weight in this way seeks support and advice from a healthcare professional.”
One of the study participants in the intervention group, Isobel Murray, 65, who lost over 55 pounds in 17 weeks says that her diabetes is in remission and that she no longer needs diabetes pills.
"I've got my life back," she stated for BBC News.
She accomplished her incredible weight loss by:
• Giving up cooking and shopping.
• Having her meals separate from her husband’s meals.
• Going on an all-liquid diet for 17 weeks consisting of four liquid meals a day that was provided as a sachet of powder stirred in water to make a soup or shake that contained about 200 calories, but with the right balance of nutrients -- essentially, a nutrient broth.
Isobel told the BBC that the diet was relatively easy as "you don't have to think about what you eat".
Once her weight has been lost, dieticians were there to help her and other weight loss patients become reintroduced to eating healthy, solid meals.
"Eating normal food is the hardest bit," says Isobel.
Have you lost weight and improved your diabetic condition? If so, tell us about it and what worked for you so that we may share your success with others.
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Newcastle University press release “Type 2 diabetes is not for life” Dec. 5, 2017
“Primary care-led weight management for remission of type 2 diabetes (DiRECT): an open-label, cluster-randomized trial” The Lancet, published 05 December 2017, Professor Michael EJ Lean et al.