This is great news that reaffirms that a healthy diet and regular physical movement does have the ability to improve diabetes.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – One in nine people with diabetes saw their blood sugar levels dip back to a normal or “pre-diabetes” level after a year on an intensive diet and exercise program, in a new study.
Complete remission of type 2 diabetes is still very rare, researchers said. But they added that the new study can give people with the disease hope that through lifestyle changes, they could end up getting off medication and likely lowering their risk of diabetes-related complications.
“Kind of a long-term assumption really is that once you have diabetes there’s no turning back on it, and there’s no remission or cure,” said Edward Gregg, the lead author on the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The research, he told Reuters Health, “is a reminder that adopting a healthy diet, physically-active lifestyle and reducing and maintaining a healthy weight is going to help manage people’s diabetes better.”
As I have seen in many of my patients, just adding 30 minutes of physical movement each day can help reverse pre-diabetes as well as improve the health of those who have progressed to full diabetes.
Yours in great health
Also read: How to prevent diabetes in Asians.