If you have type 2 diabetes but are not overweight, does losing weight still help? Elizabeth Tracey reports
Overweight and obesity are associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. Now a new study demonstrates that in people with the condition, losing weight even if they’re not obese can resolve the condition entirely. Johns Hopkins diabetes expert Rita Kalyani explains.
Kalyani: What they were looking at was whether weight loss, which we usually recommend for people who are obese, could be effective in remission of diabetes, and not having the need for medication anymore, and having an A1c that stayed below the target range for at least six months. They did an intervention of an 800 calorie a day diet. They found on average they lost 10-15% of their body weight. Many of these adults who were non-obese, actually did go into remission from diabetes. They stayed off medications for at least six months. :33
Kalyani says longer term studies are needed but she’s encouraged. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.