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Can diabetes be reversed or prevented by embarking on the right diet?


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Q: Can diabetes be reversed or prevented by embarking on the right diet?

A: Yes, type 2 diabetes can be reversed and prevented in some patients. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed after a substantial weight loss that usually happens after a persistent low or very low calorie diet for months and significant lifestyle changes. It is important to remember that the reversal will not happen in all patients and should be done under the supervision of your diabetes team. There is ample evidence that prevention or delaying the onset of diabetes can be achieved by many. Majority of the research shows that losing five to seven per cent of your body weight, engaging in regular physical activity and an appropriate diet can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by many years.

Dr Nitish Mishra
Specialist in Endocrinology & Consultant
Raffles Diabetes & Endocrine Centre