Eating healthier, exercising, and weight loss can help lower the risks of diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes have a higher chance of setting themselves on the road to recovery by losing 10% or more of their body fat within five years of diagnosis.

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The number of people with type 2 diabetes in the United States is rising. This is not good for the nation’s overall health. Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. It affects about 400 million around the world. People who are obese are also at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness and even amputation.

Once you have diabetes, is there a way to reverse it? This study found that losing weight immediately after being diagnosed with diabetes is the best way to send type 2 diabetes into remission. In fact, those who managed a 10% weight loss in the first five years after being diagnosed were more than twice as likely to go into remission compared to those who stayed the same weight.

For example, that would mean that someone who is 160 pounds and loses 16 pounds within 5 years is twice as likely to go into remission. There are many strategies to lose weight. You could increase physical activity, change your diet, limit calories, and live a healthy lifestyle in general. When you get your body weight to a healthy level, your blood glucose levels can also return to normal. It is exciting to know that, although type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with many health complications, this study shows that it can be controlled and even reversed.

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