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New Study Explores Reversing Diabetes With Diet

Jacky Gale | January 18th, 2013

For one year, researchers evaluated the effects of an intense diet and exercise program on 4,503 diabetic patients who were overweight or obese. One in nine patients successfully obtained remission; their blood sugar levels dropped back to a normal level. With weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to treat and reverse type 2 diabetes.

But quite often, people struggle to maintain these positive habits on their own. A physician-directed weight loss program, which includes a diabetic diet customized by The Center for Medical Weight Loss, can help patients stay on the path to better health. “We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin,” said Dr. Kaplan, the founder of the Center.

Diet plans for diabetics show promising results

The remission study with diabetic patients was conducted by Dr. Edward Gregg of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He devised the program to feature intensive counseling sessions (group and individual) for six months, with less frequent counseling for the latter six months. The participants also exercised for nearly three hours per week and adhered to a diabetic diet of 1,200 to 1,800 calories per day. An impressive 11.5% of the participants enjoyed at least partial remission, compared to 2% of the control group.

Along with a healthy diet and exercise program, weight loss itself  can aid in controlling blood sugar levels. “When patients lose 5% – 10% of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need medication,” explains Dr. Kaplan. Weight loss can also help to prevent the development of diabetes in people who are pre-diabetic. In fact, diet and exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes by as much as 58%.

Weight loss aids in reversing diabetes

For diabetes patients in particular, it’s important to follow a medically supervised weight loss program. A physician can monitor your blood sugar levels carefully and update your diet and exercise plan as needed. And because weight loss does lower blood sugar, if you are taking diabetes medications, they may need to be lowered periodically. A doctor-assisted weight loss program will take this into consideration to safeguard your health.

For years, the highly trained physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss have worked with diabetic and pre-diabetic patients. They’ve seen many patients meet their goals and have been successful in reversing diabetes. This latest scientific study adds further proof that lifestyle changes can significantly improve your health.

Take control of your diabetes by working one-on-one with a physician at the Center. Each weight loss program is individually customized to the patient’s unique needs. Take advantage of our special introductory offers for first-time customers at select locations. To find a Center near you, enter your zip code in the box.