Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has long been identified as an incurable chronic disease based on traditional means of treatment. Research now exists that suggests reversal is possible through other means that have only recently been embraced in the guidelines. This narrative review examines the evidence for T2D reversal using each of the three methods, including advantages and limitations for each.
Results: Evidence exists that T2D reversal is achievable using bariatric surgery, low-calorie diets (LCD), or carbohydrate restriction (LC). Bariatric surgery has been recommended for the treatment of T2D since 2016 by
an international diabetes consensus group. Both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) now recommend a LC eating pattern and support the short-term use of LCD for weight loss. However, only T2D treatment, not reversal,
is discussed in their guidelines.
Conclusion: Given the state of evidence for T2D reversal, healthcare
providers need to be educated on reversal options so they can actively engage in counseling patients who may desire this approach to their disease.
Research credit to
Dr Sarah J Hallberg. You can read her full research report at https://blog.virtahealth.com/reversing-type-2-diabetes-bariatric-surgery-low-calorie-diets-carbohydrate-restriction/
Apr 11, 2019 · The U.S. government’s study of the Diabetes Prevention Program found that in 3,000 people who had prediabetes, those who lost 5% to 7% of their body weight reduced their risk of developing Type 2.
Fortunately, several types of bariatric surgeries have been developed that can make drastic changes in your weight so as to reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes and reduce risks for the many other implications of both obesity and diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and premature death.