According to a recent randomized trial in adults who have had diabetes for up to six years, type 2 diabetes can be sent into remission following an intensive weight management program. In the study, participants lost an average of 22 pounds over the course of a year, and nearly half enjoyed remission without taking any medications usually prescribed for diabetes.
One of the study’s co-leaders, Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University, points out that management guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes focus on lowering blood sugar levels through pharmaceutical treatments. But in his study, medical practices were randomly assigned to provide either a conventional treatment involving medication or a low-calorie weight-management program delivered by dietitians and nurses. The weight management group consumed a low calorie (825 – 853) formula diet for up to five months, followed by a two-month food re-introduction phase. They also received cognitive-behavioral therapy, ongoing weight loss support, and implemented an exercise plan.
Nearly a quarter of the weight-management group lost 33 pounds or more, compared with none in the control group. On average, members of the weight-control group lost 22 pounds, while the control group lost an average of just two pounds. Remission was closely linked to the amount of weight loss. Nine out of 10 people who lost 33 pounds or more achieved remission from diabetes, as did nearly 75 percent of those who lost 22 pounds or more. All told, nearly half of the weight-management group went into remission at the one-year mark, compared with just four percent of the control group.
Tips for Long-Term Weight Loss
An enormous body of research shows that fad diets and “magic” pills do very little to help people lose weight and keep it off. This results in the yo-yo effect, where you lose a lot of weight and then gain it back–plus interest–as soon as you go off the prescribed regimen.
Real and meaningful weight loss involves permanent lifestyle changes that you can sustain for the long-haul. Here are some essential tips for permanent weight loss that can send your diabetes into remission.
Eat a healthy, low-calorie diet. Eating mostly plant-based, whole foods is an important factor in weight loss. The healthier your diet, the healthier your body, and the better your body’s systems will work to help you shed pounds and achieve remission.
Exercise most days. To prevent and help treat a range of chronic diseases, including diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control recommends getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Brisk walking, biking, and swimming are moderate-intensity exercises that promote weight loss and diabetes remission. Strength training two days each week improves muscle mass and strength and revs up your metabolism.
Get counseling. If you have an eating disorder or food addiction or just can’t seem to control your eating habits, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, can help. CBT involves examining your thought and behavior patterns and evaluating your beliefs and attitudes surrounding food and eating. CBT can help you develop healthier habits for the long-haul.
Drink plenty of water. Water keeps our bodies functioning optimally. Dehydration slows down the body’s systems and causes numerous problems. Strive to drink 64 ounces of water each day to stay well hydrated.
Nerve Support Can Help
If you have diabetic neuropathy, nerve damage won’t be reversed if you go into remission. But exercise, a healthy diet, and weight loss can help reduce the pain and improve mobility. Nerveology’s Nerve Support Complex helps to improve blood flow and circulation, and it can reduce the pain associated with neuropathy.
Weight loss can lead to remission from diabetes and maintaining a healthy weight through a continued healthy diet and exercise can help keep it at bay. As an added bonus, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks, improving your overall quality of life.