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.