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Managing and Reversing Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Jessie Whitman | December 27th, 2012

The common myth that it is impossible to reverse type 2 diabetes or manage the condition without medication is continually being debunked by medical studies and physician-assisted weight loss programs. Incorporating positive changes into your daily routine such as following a diabetes diet and exercising on a regular basis can lead to major improvements in your overall health.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, losing excess pounds and maintaining a healthy weight significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes-related medical complications. Some people who participated in the study were able to eliminate the need for medications and saw their blood sugar improve to pre-diabetes levels by strictly adhering to a weight loss program.

The physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss have helped thousands of patients with type 2 diabetes successfully manage their condition through customized diabetes diet and exercise plans. Losing just 5% – 10% of your body weight will significantly reduce your blood sugar levels and medications may no longer be needed, according to Dr. Kaplan, the founder of The Center for Medical Weight Loss.  In some instances, completely reversing diabetes is also possible.

Medical study analyzed effects of diabetes diet and exercise

The study included 4,503 obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Some of the participants were randomly selected to follow a diabetic diet food list that consisted of 1,200 to 1,800 calories per day and exercising slightly less than three hours a week. The program also included weekly group support sessions and individual counseling for six months.

People who followed the intense diet and exercise program saw greater improvements in their diabetic condition than those who did not follow the program. According to the study’s results, 11.5% of the participants had at least a partial remission of type 2 diabetes and no longer needed medication to return their blood sugar to pre-diabetes levels. Only 2% of the people who didn’t participate in the program saw a significant improvement in their blood sugar levels.  Most of the study’s participants who reduced their blood sugar below the diabetes threshold had diabetes for the shortest amount of time, lost the most weight or achieved substantial improvements in their physical fitness.

Physician-assisted weight loss programs for diabetics

Combining a nutritious diet, regular exercise and individual counseling is the most effective way to maintain long-term weight loss and manage diabetes. The physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss specialize in creating diet and exercise plans specifically tailored to meet the needs of each client. The physicians also provide personal one-on-one counseling to clients. The weight loss plans not only help you lose weight quickly and safely, they alleviate obesity-related medical conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss is the largest network of non-surgical weight loss providers in the United States with 450 different locations. Special introductory offers are available for new customers. Take the first step to living a healthier life by entering your zip code in the box to find a Center nearest you.