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Reversing pre-diabetes is not impossible, says Prof.

Published on: Sunday 31st January 2021

From: Bernama

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Prof. Dr. Chan Siew Pheng: Credit Bernama.com

Kuala Lumpur: Reversing pre-diabetes is definitely not impossible, says Prof. Dr. Chan Siew Pheng, President of the Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS) United Front Against Diabetes: Care In This Era And Beyond! “Dr. Chan said here today that recent research has shown that losing weight (with diet and lifestyle) can prevent pre-diabetic people from becoming diabetic. She also said that people with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can also reverse their diabetes by losing 15 percent of their body weight.

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“According to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS2019), 23.6 percent of adults in Malaysia have pre-diabetes (i.e. abnormal fasting plasma glucose). This corresponds to approximately five million (5,019,359) adults; These people are at high risk of developing diabetes in the future.

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“The good news, however, is that recent research has shown that by losing 7 to 10 percent of body weight (with diet and lifestyle) we can prevent these pre-diabetic people from becoming diabetic.”