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Big Weight Loss Heads Off Type 2 Diabetes

If you have just been diagnosed as prediabetic, there has never been a better time to dedicate yourself to losing a good amount of weight. In fact, the months right after a diagnosis might be your best window to head off a future Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, according to a new study.

A recent UK study found that adults diagnosed as prediabetic significantly decreased the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if they lost some 3% of their body weight in the first year after diagnosis. The University of Leicester researchers found that those who lost an average of 3% of their body weight after a prediabetes diagnosis were 1.81 times more likely to have their blood sugar levels return to what is considered a normal range.

For the study, the researchers tracked 817 adults with a prediabetic-related diagnosis who were enrolled in a lifestyle intervention program for five years. In the course of the study, they also found that those who lost 3 centimeters (roughly 1.2 inches) of their waist circumference were 1.78 times more likely to have their blood sugar levels return to normal.

These findings will continue the long-simmering debate over whether rapid weight loss or gradual weight loss is better at improving health.

The study results were reported in Healio Endocrine Today.



Courtney Major currently attends Emerson College where she majors in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a minor in Marketing Communications.

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