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Reducing BMI By Five Points Cuts The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

May 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Though it’s not an easy task, reducing the body mass index (BMI) by five points can significantly cut the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to Swedish/Finnish research. Even severely obese diabetics who lower their BMI have a chance of curing themselves of the disease. Researchers examined data on 2,010 patients who had received bariatric surgery and 2,037 obese patients who received non-surgical interventions. Data were analyzed at two years and then at 10 years. Lower rates of diabetes were found among obese patients who had lost five BMI units by any means. The rate of patients cured of diabetes after losing five BMI units was independent of the starting BMI at all BMI levels measured. This trend was also observed 10 years after surgery.
Markku Peltonen et al., "Losing Weight When Obese Can Prevent or Cure Diabetes, Whatever the Initial BMI, Study Suggests", News release, presentation at the International Congress of Endocrinology/European Congress of Endocrinology, May 06, 2012, © European Society of Endocrinology
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