Diabetes Control—Weight Loss
Monday, November 10, 2008

Type 2 diabetes patients who take their diagnosis as a wake-up call to start losing weight may get long-term benefits even if the pounds return. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at weight loss in diabetes patients in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who lose excess weight soon after their diagnosis are up to twice as likely to maintain control of their disease than those who don’t lose weight or who gain weight. Even if they regain the weight, the benefits remain.

Oregon researchers followed more than 2,500 adults who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They looked at medical records to track weight, blood sugar and blood pressure.

The researchers found that two-thirds of the participants stayed at about the same weight during the study. Another 12 percent lost an average of 23 pounds in the first 18 months but, by 36 months, they had gained nearly all of it back.

This loss and regain group was still more likely to meet their goals for blood sugar and blood pressure.

Those who got 7 or higher on an HbA1c, which is the average blood sugar over three months, were considered above goal. Those who had a blood pressure at or above 130 over 80 were over the goal.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.