For some people with type 2 diabetes, losing weight can be the solution for controlling the disease and lowering the risk of having other health problems.
A series of studies from Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, starting in 2011 have supported this notion, including a new report published online August 2 in the journal Cell Metabolism. This current investigation examined reasons why substantial weight loss in some patients produces type 2 diabetes remission, which is a state in which most or all signs and symptoms of diabetes disappear.
“Type 2 diabetes has long been regarded as lifelong and steadily progressive,” says the study’s lead author, Roy Taylor, MD, the director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre. “This study shows exactly how type 2 diabetes may be put into reverse.”
Using detailed metabolic tests and specially developed MRI scans, Dr. Taylor and his colleagues observed that fat levels in the blood, pancreas, and liver were abnormally high in people with type 2 diabetes. But after following an intensive weight loss program, all participants were able to lower these fat levels.