Losing just 15% body weight could be enough to put type 2 diabetes into remission, researchers have said.
A team from the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) reports that losing 15% body weight – irrespective of the person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) at the start – can lead to type 2 diabetes remission.
IrSPEN has released the guidance ahead of European Obesity Day on Saturday 19 May, which brings together healthcare, patient and political communities to improve prevention and treatment for obesity, which is significantly linked with type 2 diabetes.
IrSPEN says their findings are based on several studies including the DiRECT trial, which was published recently in The Lancet, where almost half of type 2 diabetes participants managed to achieve and maintain remission at one year after adopting a calorie-restricted diet.
Now, IrSPEN is now advocating the benefits of weight loss for people with type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether their BMI is above or below 30 – the marker classified as being obese – because doing so has clear benefits.
The society says that achieving 15% weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes could also save up to £440 per person per year in direct Irish healthcare costs.
Professor Carel le Roux from irSPEN, said: “This year’s theme of the European Obesity day is ‘Tackling Obesity Together’ as it is now apparent that there is no single silver bullet, but rather that multiple approaches have to be used to optimally treat patients who have complications of obesity.
“For people living with diabetes as a result of obesity, the disease usually requires the combination of specialist diets, specialist exercise and medication and or surgical treatments.
“Not every patient responds equally to these treatments. However, reversal of complications such as diabetes can be achieved in two in 10 people with the use of specialist diets, another three in 10 with medication and another five in 10 with surgical treatments.”
Editor’s note: Thousands of people have lost weight and in some cases put their type 2 diabetes into remission from following Diabetes.co.uk’s pioneering Low Carb Program, which shows users how to reduce their HbA1c levels and enjoy eating healthily.
People with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes who complete the program sustainably lose an average of 7kg after one year, and more than 40% of people with type 2 diabetes who start the program on medication eliminate a medication at the one-year mark.
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Thousands of people with diabetes across the UK are being denied access to technology which could significantly help improve their blood sugar levels, according to Diabetes UK.
The leading charity said getting Flash Glucose Monitoring technology on prescription is a “postcode lottery” and only certain areas are benefitting.
There is currently only one Flash Glucose Monitoring device on the market, the FreeStyle Libre, made by Abbott Diabetes Care, which was made available on the NHS in November 2017.
The FreeStyle Libre is considered by many experts to be a groundbreaking device. It provides glucose readings and trends whilst omitting the more traditional method of finger pricking, and has shown in studies to reduce hypoglycemia and improve blood sugar control.
Diabetes UK says 52 areas in England have decided not to allow the Libre to be made available. There are currently 38 clinical commissioning groups across England and nine health boards in Scotland which are reviewing their policies.
The regional discrepancies mean that areas close by, controlled by different health decision makers, vary on whether the technology is available. At the moment people in Sheffield have access, but not in nearby Wakefield. Again, the same is happening in the Midlands with Birmingham not offering the device, while Wolverhampton is.
Helen Dickens, assistant director of campaigns and mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said: “People’s health should not depend on an unfair postcode lottery. Everyone should be able to access the care and treatments necessary to safely manage their condition.
“Because Flash makes it easier to monitor and better control blood sugar levels, it improves lives, can save money, and reduces the risk of serious diabetes-related complications such as amputations and blindness.
“The NHS agreed to provide access in November, but people with diabetes have already been waiting for too long. Every area should now have a policy providing access to Flash for free on prescription, so that everyone who can benefit from it, will.”
Diabetes UK has been campaigning to make access to the technology more fair, and type 1 diabetes and technology charities JDRF and INPUT are also supporting the campaign.
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