Diabetes Forecast

Even Small Weight Losses Make Big Differences

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Kaitlin Graves/Mittera

Losing 5 percent of your body weight may not seem like a lot, but that small amount can make a big health difference. Researchers randomly assigned 40 obese adults without diabetes to either a weight-loss program or to weight maintenance, both via lifestyle modifications. The 19 people in the weight-loss group who were able to lose at least 5 percent of their body weight—10 pounds from 200, for example—produced more insulin, became more sensitive to insulin, and decreased total body fat and fat in the liver. Taken together, those changes could mean improved heart and liver function and a lower risk for type 2 diabetes.
Source: Cell Metabolism, published online Feb. 22, 2016



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