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Can Men’s Weight Loss Cause Type II Diabetes Remission?

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While weight loss has been a contributing factor in successful diabetes management for decades, new evidence suggests weight loss is the MVP in diabetes remission. The findings in the 2019 study, “Behaviour Change, Weight Loss and Remission of Type 2 Diabetes: A Community‐Based Prospective Cohort Study,” indicate that moderate weight loss in the first few years after diagnosis plays a more significant role in diabetes remission than unrealistic weight targets using intensive intervention programs (i.e. calorie restrictions, etc.).  

Key Factors in the Study

  • This is a prospective cohort study using data from the ADDITION-Cambridge study screening for diabetes. 

  • The cohort study began its baseline with 867 participants with newly diagnosed diabetes from 49 general practices in England, aging 44 to 69; 61% of which were men.  

  • Data measurements, including weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, A1c levels, and more, were taken at baseline, 1-year follow ups, and 5-year follow ups. 

  • Participants were divided at random into two groups: the intervention group and the control group. 

  • The intervention group participants received frequent consultations, a 30-min annual review, three 10-minute consultations with a medical professional, educational resources and sessions, and more. 

  • The control group received standard diabetic-management practices that followed UK national guidelines. 

  • At the 5-year follow up, only 84% of baseline participants had data collected and were the only ones included in the analytical study. 

  • 257 participants (30%) were found to be in remission of Type II Diabetes at the 5-year follow up. 

  • A moderate 10% weight loss or more early in a diagnosis doubles the likelihood of being in remission at 5 years, compared to previous studies which support significant weight loss of 15% or more and include intensive dietary and physical activity programs.  

Weight Loss and Type II Diabetes:  

Why Losing Weight for Men is So Important 

As a chronic condition, diabetes increases your risk of several serious health complications, including the following: 

  • Heart disease 

  • Kidney disease 

  • Amputation of lower limbs or appendages 

  • Blindness 

  • Stroke 

  • Gum disease 

For men, however, diabetes can cause additional health issues that impact sexual health and wellness and quality of life, such as the following:   

  • Low Testosterone (low T

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED) 

  • Low Libido 

  • Urological Issues (e.g. UTI, overactive bladder, etc.) 

  • Low Energy 

  • Reduced Muscle Mass (according to Medical News Today

With so many serious health complications, it’s important to begin managing your diabetes as soon as possible. As evidence shows, losing weight for men within the first few years after diagnosis improves the likelihood of diabetes remission. According to EndocrineWeb, weight loss for diabetics can also improve glucose tolerance, which would allow your body to better use insulin, and reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related complications. 

Traditionally, diabetes management involves setting some pretty intimidating health goals, using restrictive diets and intense physical fitness schedules to drop significant weight. While there’s no denying the impact such significant weight loss can play in Type II diabetes management and remission, for many, such intense lifestyle changes aren’t realistic and are difficult to maintain. 

Since moderate weight loss can have a lasting, long-term impact on your diabetes and health— 

as supported by the study’s new findings—it’s more important to make consistent and realistic healthy changes to your lifestyle that’ll encourage weight loss, reduce your risks of the above health complications, and potentially increase your likelihood of remission. 

Ways to Start Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight for Men 

Here are four ways to begin living a healthier lifestyle and managing your diabetes:  

  1. Consume a healthy balanced diet for men 

  1. Increase physical activity 

  1. Quit smoking 

  1. Work with a healthcare provider to manage diabetes 

Tackle Diabetes Management with the Help of EveresT Men’s Health 

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes or are interested in better managing your diabetes, the experts at EveresT Men’s Health can help. As Minnesota’s leading men’s health clinic, we offer comprehensive men’s healthcare services, including Type II diabetes treatment, medical weight loss plans for men, and testosterone replacement therapy.  

For more information about our medical men’s weight loss plans and Type II diabetes treatments, contact us today, and schedule a consultation where one of our men’s health experts will listen to your concerns, discuss your current health challenges and medical history, and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal health.  

Reference (APA Style, 7th Edition): 

Dambha-Miller, H., Day, A. J., Sterlitz, J., Irving, G., & Griffin, S. J. (2019). Behaviour change, weight loss and remission of Type 2 diabetes: A community‐based prospective cohort study. Diabetic Medicine.