Supporting patients to achieve remission of type 2 diabetes
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Evidence and practice    

Supporting patients to achieve remission of type 2 diabetes

Janet James Senior lecturer, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To update your knowledge of research on remission of type 2 diabetes

  • To understand the link between weight loss, diet programmes and remission of type 2 diabetes

  • To recognise how you could advise and support patients with type 2 diabetes to achieve weight loss and remission of their condition

The incidence of diabetes mellitus is increasing, with a new diagnosis made every two minutes in the UK. Previously, it was believed that type 2 diabetes was progressive and irreversible. However, research has shown that it may be possible to reverse type 2 diabetes – termed remission – in people who achieve significant weight loss (>10% of their body weight) and who have had the condition for less than ten years. Weight loss should be the primary goal of treatment for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and nurses have an important role in supporting this. This article discusses some of the research on remission of type 2 diabetes and dietary approaches to weight loss. It also considers the role of the nurse in supporting patients with this condition to achieve and sustain weight loss.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11949

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Conflict of interest

None declared

James J (2022) Supporting patients to achieve remission of type 2 diabetes. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11949

Published online: 20 June 2022

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