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Intensive Diabetes Intervention May Lead to Remission

December 19, 2012

An intensive lifestyle intervention appears to be associated with a greater likelihood of achieving a partial remission of diabetes than standard support and education, according to the findings of an observational analysis.

Edward W. Gregg, PhD, from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and colleagues published their findings in the December 19 issue of JAMA.

The authors mention that although diabetes is considered a progressive, incurable disease, there is some evidence that it is reversible. “[The] notion that type 2 diabetes is irreversible is supported by the strong association with genetics and family history, the high prevalence of microvascular complications, and the loss of beta cell mass and function frequently

already present at diagnosis,” the authors write. “Despite these observations, 16% of US adults who report a previous diabetes diagnosis take no hypoglycemic medications, and studies of bariatric surgery suggest that many diabetes cases among obese patients can indeed resolve.”

 

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