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How Does Weight Loss ‘Fix’ Type 2 Diabetes?

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A recent clinical trial (the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial [DiRECT]) — the results of which were published last year in The Lancet — discovered that nearly half of the participants with type 2 diabetes who followed a weight loss program experienced the remission of their condition by the end of the study.

Traditionally, specialists thought of diabetes as a condition to be managed rather than cured, so these new findings offer fresh insight into how type 2 diabetes could be counteracted using a tool within anyone’s reach: diet and lifestyle choices.

Still, after the trial’s results were published, a question remained unanswered: “Why would weight loss lead to diabetes remission in some people?”

Now, researcher Roy Taylor — from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom — who oversaw DiRECT, together with colleagues from various academic institutions, claim that they may have found the answer.

Their observations were published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

MedicalNewsToday, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Aug. 3, 2018