Research shows that eating healthier and exercising can help lower the risks of diabetes. Patients 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, which is worrying for the nation’s overall health. Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, which affects about 400 million around the world. People who are obese are also at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness and even amputation of a limb.
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 most effective way to send type 2 diabetes into remission. In fact, the people in this study 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 an individual weighing 160 pounds who loses 16 pounds within 15 years of diagnosis would be twice as likely to go into remission. The best strategies for losing weight include increasing physical activity, changing diet, limiting calories, and living a healthy lifestyle in general. By getting your body weight to a healthy level, it is also possible for your blood glucose levels to 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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