Best Way to Reverse diabetes

What is the best way to reverse diabetes?

In the landscape of metabolic health, prediabetes exists as a silent prelude to Type 2 diabetes. A recent study offers significant insights into prediabetes remission.

Understanding the Precursor

Prediabetes is akin to standing on a railway platform, watching your train slowly approach, whilst snacking on a muffin in Starbucks on Platform 13. You have to catch the train, but to do so you need to ditch the muffin and get out of the coffee shop. The importance of catching this train before it departs cannot be overstated. It’s a critical juncture where blood sugar levels, though not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, are certainly not in the clear. 

Insights from the PLIS and DPP Studies

The Prediabetes Lifestyle Intervention Study (PLIS) in Germany, in tandem with data from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the USA, sheds light on reversing prediabetes. The focus was on individuals who achieved a notable weight loss, examining their metabolic health trajectory.

Decoding the Study: Key Takeaways

  • Insulin Sensitivity and Weight Loss: An encouraging insight was the improvement in insulin sensitivity among those who lost weight. This factor is pivotal in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
  • The Role of Visceral Fat: The study underscored the reduction of visceral adipose tissue – a key player in metabolic health. This type of fat, cloaking the abdominal organs, is a silent contributor to metabolic diseases. By the way, MRI is a fantastic way to assess your levels of visceral fat.  
  • The Age Factor: Younger participants had a better response to lifestyle changes, underscoring the import of early intervention.

Interpreting the Data: What It Means for You

  • Exercise as a Pillar of Health: I hate to always bang the same drum but regular physical activity emerged as a critical component of the lifestyle intervention. It’s a non-negotiable tool for enhancing insulin sensitivity.
  • Dietary Discipline: A balanced diet is about more than calories; it’s about fcreating a metabolic environment conducive to optimal health.
  • Proactive Approach: The study reinforces the principle that early intervention in prediabetes can significantly deter the progression to Type 2 diabetes.

This study isn’t merely a warning sign; it’s a beacon of empowerment. Tackling prediabetes head-on with lifestyle adjustments can pivot your trajectory away from Type 2 diabetes.

If you would like to prevent or improve diabetes, make sure you book an appointment with us. We can also arrange for you to have body composition by MRI and assess you visceral fat and muscle mass providing invaluable insights into your metabolism. 

Dr. J. Hugh Coyne

Coyne Medical