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Intensive weight loss program can help achieve partial remission from diabetes
Intensive weight loss program can help achieve partial remission from diabetes

(January 1, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Atlanta - A new report published in JAMA finds that an intensive weight loss intervention can increase the likelihood of experiencing a partial remission from diabetes. Researchers studied over 4,500 adult diabetes patients, all of whom had a BMI of at least 25. Participants were randomized to two groups. The first group took part in an intensive weight loss program, consisting of weekly counselling sessions and set goals to reduce caloric intake and increase physical activity. The second group had a significantly less intense intervention consisting of only 3 sessions per year.

After 4 years, researchers found that individuals in the intensive program lost significantly more weight than individuals in the other group. Individuals in the intensive program were also more likely to achieve complete remission from their diabetes, though the prevalence of remission was still quite low. However, the intensive program did result in nearly 10% of participants achieving a partial remission for at least 2 years.

 
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