May 10, 2013

Second Chances for People Recently Diagnosed with T2D

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geniePeople recently diagnosed with T2D may find hope in this study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research & Clinical Metabolism. This group of people exemplify how T2D can become a guiding light, not a lights out, on life.

In the study, 22 people with recent onset of T2D were enrolled in a group lifestyle intervention program. The program consisted of an 8-month weight reduction phase followed by an 8-month maintenance phase.

The average weight loss at 8 months was about 16 pounds. After the 8-month maintenance phase, weight loss continued with a loss averaging 12 pounds. Participants fasting glucose, HbA1c, and insulin requirements improved, as well.

Even more interesting, is the aftermath of clinically diagnosed T2D in the group after the 16-month program. According to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, only 4 of 18 participants tested could be categorized as having T2D.

This study shows the benefit of an intensive lifestyle intervention program immediately after T2D diagnosis. You don’t need a genie to grant you a wish to do this over. If you’re recently diagnosed with T2D, this may be your second chance.

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