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GP based weight loss programme can reverse type 2 diabetes

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5641 (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5641
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

Nearly half the people with type 2 diabetes who lost weight as part of a trial in primary care did not have the disease a year later, prompting calls for widespread use of weight management programmes as a routine part of care.

Previous research by the current study team from Glasgow and Newcastle confirmed the “twin cycle hypothesis”—that type 2 diabetes is caused by excess fat within the liver and pancreas—and established that the disease can go into remission by consuming a very low calorie diet. But it has not been known whether this type of intensive weight management works in routine primary care.

The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), …

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