Type 2 diabetes: 6 tips to lose weight and lower blood sugar  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition caused by insulin resistance, leading to high blood sugar. One common side effect for people taking insulin is weight gain – perhaps, the link between type 2 diabetes and weight has been revealed years ago. The good news is that it’s possible to lose weight, and scientists have found that shedding those extra kilos can help cure type 2 diabetes. A new study found that weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes for up to 2 years, and possibly for life.
The trial, called Direct, led by researchers at the Newcastle University and the University of Glasgow, reported that those who lost substantial amounts of weight – about 1.5 stone (10 kilos) – reversed their type 2 diabetes and were still in remission two years later. For the study, the participants were put on a low-calorie diet, totalling 800 calories a day for eight weeks. They ware advised to adopt a healthy diet to maintain weight loss. Read- Weight loss: Drink ajwain (carom seeds) water every morning on an empty stomach to burn belly fat fast
The latest findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, showed that 46 per cent of the patients were in remission one year after the trial. The study also found that another 70 per cent of them were still in remission another year later. Patients also had lower levels of fats in their liver and pancreas. According to the study, patients were defined as in remission if their long-term blood glucose levels (HbA1c) dropped to less than 48mmol/mol (6.5%) without needing to use any type 2 diabetes medication.
“People with type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals have told us their top research priority is: ‘Can the condition be reversed or cured?’ We can now say, with respect to reversal, that yes it can. Now we must focus on helping people maintain their weight loss and stay in remission for life,” said Prof Mike Lean from Glasgow University, who led the study with Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University.
Weight loss tips for diabetics
With type 2 diabetes, you need to make healthier food choices that can help control both weight and blood sugar. Here are a few diet tips to improve your weight loss and keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range:
- Focus more on vegetables, especially non-starchy vegetables, consisting of a variety of types and colours.
- Include fresh fruits to increase your fibre intake as well as help curb your sweet tooth.
- Choose lean protein foods such as eggs, fish, chicken (preferably skinless), beans and soy-based products.
- Replace foods made with refined grains and flours with whole grain foods.
- Opt for healthy fats and include them in your diet in moderation.
- Avoid or cut back on high-calorie foods.
Remember, small changes to your daily routine can help yield big results. Apart from following a balanced diet, make regular physical as part of your daily lifestyle to help you lose or maintain weight.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.