Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition with over four million people in the UK living with it. Most treat their type 2 diabetes with medication, diet and exercise. But some people may be able to stop taking medication and put their diabetes into remission, according to new research. Diabetes remission means that the blood sugar levels are healthy without needing to take any medication. Evidence suggests that the key element in remission is weight loss, and losing around 15kg within three to five months significantly increased a person’s chances of remission.
A new treatment has helped both obese and diabetic patients lose weight in just four weeks.
Researchers at Imperial College London found that patients lost an average of 4.4kg after receiving a hormone treatment.
The findings from the study showed great improvements in patients’ blood glucose levels, with some falling to near-normal levels.
The study investigated 15 randomly obese pre-diabetic and diabetic patients who received the GOP treatment for four weeks.
The treatment was given via a pump that slowly injected the mixture under the skin for 12 hours a day. The treatment reportedly had no side effects and saw a considerable loss in weight for all patients.
Professor Tricia Tan, Professor of Practice at Imperial College and lead author of the study said: “Obesity and type 2 diabetes can lead to very serious and potentially life-threatening conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease.
There is a real need to find new medicines so we can improve and save the lives of many patients.
This new combination hormone treatment is promising and has shown significant improvements in patients’ health in only four weeks.
Compared to other methods the treatment is non-invasive and reduced glucose levels to near-normal levels in our patients.”
Weight and type 2 diabetes often go hand-in-hand.
If someone’s carrying extra weight around their middle, fat can build up around important organs like the liver and pancreas.
This makes it especially difficult for those organs to work properly, leading to type 2 diabetes.
Scientists believe that storing fat around the liver and pancreas affects how type 2 diabetes develops, but losing fat can lead to remission.
The NHS added: “Losing weight will make it easier for your body to lower your blood sugar level, and can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol.
“If you find it hard to change your diet, a dietician might be able to help you.
“Talk to your GP or diabetes nurse to see if the cost could be covered by the NHS.”