Losing 15 per cent body fat could reverse type 2 diabetes, Irish researchers say

Losing just 15% body weight could be enough to put type 2 diabetes into remission, researchers have said.A team from the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) reports that losing 15% body weight – irrespective of the person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) at the start – can lead to type 2 diabetes remission.

IrSPEN has released the guidance ahead of European Obesity Day on Saturday 19 May, which brings together healthcare, patient and political communities to improve prevention and treatment for obesity, which is significantly linked with type 2 diabetes.

IrSPEN says their findings are based on several studies including the DiRECT trial, which was published recently in The Lancet, where almost half of type 2 diabetes participants managed to achieve and maintain remission at one year after adopting a calorie-restricted diet.

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