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Diabetes

Question
Posted by: | 2020/02/10

Q.

Reversing type 2 diabetes

Can i reverse type 2 diabetes by losing weight, exercise and low calories diet being newly diagnsoed a couple of months ago? I have been diagnosed a Type 2 Diabetic a couple of months ago after doing a single HbA1C test. My Fasting blood sugar was 132mg/dl and the A1C was 6.6%. I am a 47 years old male with height 181cm and weight around 115KG. After having a single HbA1C Test, i am regularly checking my blood glucose at home with a glucometer and my BG readings always in the prediabetic category. My fasting blood sugar levels are always below 125mg/dl and PP are always in the range of 130-150 mg/dl while random BG readings are around 125-130 mg/dl. My question is "can i reverse this condition without starting diabetes medication, as doctor has advised me to take Metformin twice a day and asked to shed some extra weight. I don't want to start medication and want to regain my health by doing exercise and losing weight.

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2020/02/24

Hi

Type 2 diabetes is reversible, and this has been shown in patients who have markedly altered their diets and lost weight. Reversing diabetes is more likely in patients whose diabetes is controlled on tablets, although there are patients who have achieved this on insulin as well. A recent study in the U.K showed that patients who followed a very low calorie diet, were able to reverse their diabetes and after a few months (it was a short term trial)  still had normal glucose levels. There is now also a lot of evidence that weight loss through bariatric surgery has been shown to reverse diabetes in about 30-50% of patients. The trick in both cases though is that in the long term you need to maintain the lifestyle changes, otherwise all you will have done is to temporarily push down the glucose levels into the normal range and then with time they will go up again

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