Moderate Weight Loss Improves Health in Obese Patients with Diabetes

Published Online: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
Modest weight loss may provide long-term health benefits to obese patients with type 2 diabetes, according to new research presented on June 24, 2013, at the American Diabetes Association’s annual scientific meeting.

Researchers worked with 5145 obese diabetes patients, half of whom were assigned to an intensive diet and exercise program in which they attended individual and group meetings and were taught strategies for weight loss. The other half received a general program of diabetes education and support several times a year.

Patients in the intensive diet and exercise group lost ~8.6% of their starting weight after 1 year and maintained a 6% weight loss at the end of the 10-year study. Those in the general education group lost 1% of their weight within the first year and 3.5% by the end of the study. Compared with those in the education group, those in the intensive group had improved hemoglobin A1C levels, had higher HDL levels, and took less diabetes medication. Participants in the intensive group were also 31% less likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those in the education group.


Related Articles
Excess medical costs for diabetes and lost productivity amounted to more than $322 billion in 2012, a 48% increase from the $218 billion estimate for 2007.
Consumers are advised not to purchase 2 products marketed as weight-loss pills after the FDA found the same hidden drug ingredient in both products.
Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen and Forever Beautiful Infinity were found to be forever dangerous to consumers.
Latest Issues
$auto_registration$