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Losing just 10% of your body weight can help reverse type 2 diabetes

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Losing just 10% of your body weight can help reverse type 2 diabetes

Losing just 10% of your body weight can help reverse type 2 diabetes

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A new study has shown that losing 10% of your body weight during the first five years of having type 2 diabetes can reverse the disease.[1] For someone who weighs 200 pounds, that would be a total weight loss of 20 pounds, or 4 pounds a year. According to the researchers, it doesn’t matter how quickly you lose the weight, as long as it comes off and stays off.[2]

Weight loss is a well-known method for reversing type 2 diabetes, but has usually been encouraged in the form of restrictive diets and intense exercise. This can be especially demotivating for people with type 2 diabetes who are unable to lose weight quickly, often for reasons out of their control. For the participants in the study, there was no mandatory diet or exercise regime, and they lost weight using a number of different techniques that were most convenient to their lifestyles.

For more information about weight loss and type 2 diabetes, as well as inspirational stories about the different ways people have managed their disease, visit this resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[1] Gordon S. Weight Loss May Put Diabetes Into Remission. WebMD. October 4 2019. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20191004/weight-loss-may-put-diabetes-into-remission#1

[2] Gordon S. Weight Loss May Put Diabetes Into Remission. WebMD. October 4 2019. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20191004/weight-loss-may-put-diabetes-into-remission#1