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Diabetes doctor says: patients need to know that diabetes is reversible

Who gets Diabetes type 2, must take in addition to a change in the eating habits are often hypoglycemic drugs or even Insulin injection. A diabetologist to indicate that the disease is not a one-way street: A strong weight reduction increases the Chance to be healthy again.

Once Diabetes, always Diabetes: Precisely such a principle was for a long time within medicine, writes Professor Stephan Martin, chief physician for diabetology and Director of the West German Diabetes and health centre (WDGZ) in Düsseldorf, in a published contribution in the doctors ‘ newspaper.

That, in addition to other factors such as genetics and lack of exercise, Obesity plays in the onset of type 2 Diabetes a role, is no secret. But Affected can defeat targeted weight reduction in fact, the disease, had been dismissed, according to Martin until a few years ago in medical circles only as the individual case.

Strong weight reduction results in Symptom reduction

A rethink is only created by the results of bariatric surgery, therefore, surgical intervention for the reduction of body weight, the high remission rates of Diabetes type 2. A study from England of 2019 showed that non-operative interventions such as a ‘ continuing weight loss, Remission of type 2 diabetes.

A new study from Qatar, in June in the journal "Lancet" was published, also showed how targeted weight reduction, a sustainable Remission in Patients had.

To 147 people, suffering from two years of type 2 Diabetes were, on a body mass Index of 35 kg/m2 and drugs in two different test groups:

  • The a was treated according to the regular guidelines.
  • The other with a strict diet consisting of liquid meals consisted of.

While the group lost with the regular measures an average of four kilograms, dropped the Kilos for the second group, an average of twelve kilograms. Remission with normal long-term blood sugar levels for at least three months reached in the first test group with only twelve percent; in the second, with the high reduction in weight, an impressive 61 percent.

“These interventions are not accepted in Germany, unfortunately,”

From this study, according to Martin concluded that a weight reduction of ten kilograms of those Affected have a 50% Chance that the symptoms of the illness subside.

“These interventions are not accepted in Germany, unfortunately,” criticized the diabetologist. Therefore, they were not implemented systematically. Of the physician, but pointed out that Doctors have a duty to patients about such measures, inform.

“At least for each Person with newly-diagnosed type 2 Diabetes should be said: If you manage to lose more than ten kilograms of weight, you have to defeat a 50% Chance of the Diabetes,” he urges.

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