Diabetes type 2 is first indicated by symptoms, which may appear later in life.
Unlike diabetes type 1, which is diagnosed shortly after birth, the condition develops later due to problems with the hormone insulin.
It becomes unable to work properly, causing blood sugar levels to rise, and resulting in diabetes type 2 symptoms.
Diagnosed by a GP, the recommended treatment involves changing your diet and lifestyle, as well as possibly taking medication.
Losing weight may be a good way to not only get your diabetes type 2 under control, but also reverse it, according to diabetes.co.uk
Loss of body weight can be particularly beneficial in helping to reverse the progression [and symptoms] of type 2 diabetes.
“Loss of body weight can be particularly beneficial in helping to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes,” said the diabetes advice provider on its website.
“With time and dedication, type 2 diabetes can be reversed and the results can be very rewarding, with less tiredness and better all-round health.”
Diabetes type 2 is considered reversed if you get your blood sugar levels below 42 mmol/mol.
Gary Rimmer lost weight and got his diabetes under control by taking up a sport.
When he was first diagnosed with the condition, Gary weighed 96 kilograms and had a waistline of 40 inches.
Diabetes type 2 reverse: Losing weight can help to reverse the condition
Diabetes type 2 reverse: Losing weight can reverse the symptoms
“I had recently struggled to stop smoking, enjoyed a drink now and then, had high cholesterol, and my diet was full of saturated fat and contained almost no fruit and vegetables,” he said.
“On top of that I hadn’t done any physical activity for more than 20 years.”
Gary took up running, and a new diet, to ‘outrun’ diabetes type 2, which helped him lose weight and become healthier.
With his diabetes now firmly under control, his nurse actually applauded him for his efforts.
“Running is so important to me now to manage my diabetes,” Gary added.
“It’s hard, but I love the sense of achievement I get, even on training runs during the cold dark winter nights.”
Diabetes type 2 reverse: Lose weight through changing your diet and exercising regularly
Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University, who has done lots of research on the condition, said losing weight could help insulin producing cells.
“It is certainly possible to wake up the insulin producing cells of the pancreas by losing a substantial amount of weight,” he said.
“This happens because the fat content in the pancreas decreases. Previous studies have shown that fat stops insulin release. The insulin producing cells recover their special function, and this continues providing fat is not allowed to accumulate.”
The pancreas contains the insulin producing cells, the hormone which, when it has problems, causes diabetes type 2.
You can also lose weight by changing your diet.
Diabetes.co.uk recommends the very low-calorie diet as a way to “achieve significant weight loss, reduce insulin resistance and allow people with diabetes type 2 to come off their diabetes medication”.
The site mentions a 2011 study published by Newcastle University that showed an eight week 800 kcal diet was able to cause diabetes type 2 reversal in seven of the 11 participants.
Diabetes affects as many as 4.6 million people in the UK, of which almost nine in 10 have diabetes type 2.
You are more at risk of developing the condition if you are overweight, have high blood pressure or you’ve ever had a heart attack or stroke.
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