Reduce Weight, Keep Diabetes Away

Obesity is a risk factor for excess experiencing chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2. But according to a new study, an effort to lose weight can prevent obese people who are already in the pre-diabetic condition.

The study found that those who lose 10 percent or more of body weight had a significant decrease in risk of diabetes mellitus, which is 85 per cent over three years. While those who lose 5 to 7 percent of body weight has a 54 percent risk reduction.

The researchers said the finding suggests the short-term behavioral changes such as weight reduction may affect long-term health.

Chairman of Study leader Dr. Nisa Maruthur, assistant professor in the division of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said, weight loss is proportional to the reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The greater the weight loss, the greater the decrease in risk of diabetes mellitus.

"There are so many benefits of weight loss in the first six months when people began consciously to change your diet and start exercising," said Maruthur.

The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, involved more than 3,000 people. The participants were divided into three groups, were first asked to change his lifestyle, both given the blood sugar-lowering drug metformin, and the third was given a placebo.

We began to get involved in the study, all participants had been in a state of pradiabetes, namely the state of the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet categorized as type 2 diabetes.

The study results showed a decrease in risk of diabetes mellitus in the first and second group after six months. However, the decrease in the lowest risk is in the first group of participants who successfully lose weight.