Can Weight Loss Halt Diabetes Progression?

Research shows that rapid weight loss in a person with a pre-diabetic diagnosis can dramatically decrease the risk of getting full-blown type 2 diabetes.

Losing 10 percent of your body weight within the first six months of getting your pre-diabetes diagnosis can have long term affects that may prevent you from getting diabetes according to a study by Springer Link.

People diagnosed with pre-diabetes have higher than average blood sugar levels but don’t have high enough levels to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Patients who lost at least 10 percent body weight in the first six months decreased their risk of getting diabetes by 85 percent within three years. Those that lost five to seven percent of their body weight decreased their risk by 54 percent within three years also.

Stopping pre-diabetes from turning into full-blown diabetes is extremely important. Untreated diabetes can cause cardiovascular disease as well as a number of other health issues such as nerve and kidney damage.

If that 10 percent body weight isn’t lost in the first six months, it’s likely that most patients will develop type 2 diabetes. When that happens, doctors may want to consider giving the patient a medication to lower blood sugar levels. Here’s a diabetes medications list if you think you may need one.

Studies have shown that progressing from pre-diabetes to type 2 isn’t inevitable, and can be treated by changing your diet and eating healthier as well as significant weight loss.

If a patient is unable to lose weight, doctors may prescribe metformin as a way to combat high blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic patients. This medication has been rarely prescribed to patients in the past but based on new studies, it might be very beneficial in preventing diabetes in addition to weight loss.

According to the American Diabetes Association, even losing 10 or 15 pounds can have multiple benefits such as improved cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar, reduced blood pressure levels, as well as lightening the pressure on joints like the feet, ankles, knees, and hips.

It’s highly recommended that you consult with your doctor and a nutritionist before starting any sort of weight loss program. Especially if you’re taking medications for your diabetes, trying to lose weight on your own can be dangerous.

Doctors recommend to start off by cutting 500 calories as that should be safe for most adults with diabetes.

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