A new study by researchers in Qatar has shown that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with dietary and lifestyle changes.
The findings will change how patients with Type 2 diabetes are cared for in Qatar, with a plan to open a diabetes reversal clinic at Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) in the coming months.
The study – led by teams at HMC’s Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI), Primary Health Care Corp (PHCC), Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), and funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – found that Type 2 diabetes could be reversed in majority of patients through dietary change, physical activity, and behavioural changes, and without medication or weight loss surgery.
The study, which was recently published in the internationally renowned medical journal, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, is believed to be the first intensive lifestyle intervention trial in the Middle East and North Africa region and is Qatar’s first clinical trial in primary care.
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