Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Losing Weight Soon After Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis Doubles Positive Outcomes

“People who lose weight soon after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in Diabetes Care, the American Diabetes Association journal. This is the first clinical study to show that benefits remain even if patients regain their weight. ‘Our study shows that early weight loss can reduce the risk factors that so often lead to diabetes complications and death,’ says Dr. Adrianne Feldstein, MD, MS, the study's lead author, a practicing physician and an investigator at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. ‘We've known for a long time that weight loss is an important component in diabetes treatment and prevention. Now it appears there may be a critical window of opportunity following diagnosis in which some lasting gains can be achieved if people are willing to take immediate steps toward lifestyle changes.’ More than 20 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and most of them are overweight or obese.”


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