Early, modest weight loss key to diabetes remission

Extreme calorie restriction is not necessary, say researchers

Remission of type 2 diabetes can be achieved through modest weight loss alone if patients are supported to do it in the first few years after diagnosis, a UK study suggests.

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Drawing on data from 867 patients who were not on diabetes medication at baseline, researchers investigated the link between weight change and the likelihood of remission at five-year follow-up.

Over that period, 30% of the cohort (mean age, 61) achieved diabetes remission, which was defined as an HbA1c level of 6.5% in the absence of medication or bariatric surgery.

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