Study: Achieving Normal Blood Glucose Levels Just Once Improves Long-Term Outcome
Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor
Researchers tested 1990 prediabetic patients on the Diabetes Prevention Program. Of these, 736 patients were randomized to an intensive lifestyle program, 647 were prescribed metformin and 607 were placebo. The study found that just under 900 of these patients had achieved normal blood glucose values at least once during the program. These patients had a 56% decreased risk of developing diabetes compares to those patients who were persistently prediabetic.
Those patients who did not achieve normal blood glucose values and were assigned to the intensive lifestyle group had a 31% greater risk of progressing to diabetes and a 41% decreased risk of ever achieving normal glucose regulation during the program.
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This study shows that even if prediabetic patients can achieve normality even once during treatment, their ability to protect themselves against diabetes and achieve their health goals is greatly increased. Diabetes does not need to be a life sentence and with the proper supplementation and lifestyle changes, you too can be diabetes free!
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The Lancet: Perreault L, et al “Effect of regression from prediabetes to normal glucose regulation on long-term reduction in diabetes risk: Results from the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140- 6736(12)60525-X.
The Lancet: Yakubovich N, et al “Is regression to normoglycaemia clinically important?” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140- 6736(12)60828-9.