Study: Diet, exercise achieves near diabetes cureBy
The words “diabetes” and “remission” are usually only used together with some skepticism and debate, but a recently-released study hopes to prove that intensive diet and exercise may help type 2 diabetics achieve “near-normal” blood glucose levels. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report details the findings on more than 4500 participants who were termed obese or overweight. One in nine people in the diet and exercise group saw their blood sugar levels dip back to the normal or “pre-diabetic” range.
Complete remission of type 2 diabetes is still rare, researchers said. But they added the new study can give people with the disease hope that through lifestyle changes, they could end up getting off medication and likely lowering their risk of diabetes-related complications.
“Kind of a long-term assumption really is that once you have diabetes there’s no turning back on it, and there’s no remission or cure,” said Edward Gregg, the lead author on the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more on the study and its findings check out:
- Medscape Today: Intensive Diabetes Intervention May Lead to Remission
- Reuters Online: Diabetes remission possible with diet, exercise
- US News: Intensive Lifestyle Changes Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay