Pre-Diabetics Substantially Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by Losing Weight
A recent study shows that weight loss within the first six months of being diagnosed with pre-diabetes dramatically lowers the risk of getting full-blown type 2 diabetes. Overweight study participants who lost 10 percent or more of their body weight had an 85 percent reduced likeliness of developing type 2 diabetes, while those who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight had a 54 percent lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes over the next three years.
“We have known for some time that the greater the weight loss, the lower your risk of diabetes,” says study leader Nisa Maruthur, M.D., M.H.S., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Now we understand that we can see much of the benefit of losing that weight in those first six months when people are adjusting to a new way to eating and exercising. Substantial weight loss in the short term clearly should go a long way toward preventing diabetes.”
The research suggests that changes in the way doctors approach diabetes, such as recommending behavior modification programs, would decrease related health issues and play a key role in preventing type 2 diabetes.
PEOPLE WITH PRE-DIABETES WHO DROP SUBSTANTIAL WEIGHT MAY WARD OFF TYPE 2 DIABETES