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New international guidelines for diabetes remission

  • A new international report recommends that people with type 2 diabetes be considered ‘in remission’ if they achieve normal blood sugar levels for three months or more.
  • For the first time, Diabetes Australia has recognised that remission is possible.
  • It’s a step in the right direction, but for remission to be sustainable, we need to talk about the quality of kilojoules, not quantity.

Type 2 diabetes was considered to be irreversible. But a new international report suggests that people with type 2 diabetes should be considered in remission after sustaining normal blood sugar levels (where the HbA1c is below 6.5) without medication for three months or more.

Why does an international standard for ‘remission’ matter?

There’s been much debate in recent years whether type 2 diabetes can be reversed or put into remission, mainly because there’s no universally agreed definition of what ‘remission’ looks like. With the acceptance that T2D can be put into remission and a global definition of the term, we can start to measure the efficacy of T2D treatments and programs against this standard - including the Defeat Diabetes Program!

What does Defeat Diabetes think of this?

Defeat Diabetes founder Dr Peter Brukner says, "We have shown that it is possible to put type 2 diabetes into remission with a low carb approach. After three months on the Defeat Diabetes low carb program, 63% of those with type 2 diabetes have put their diabetes into remission, that is, achieved a HbA1c level of less than 6.5% which is now the internationally recognised criteria for diabetes remission.

What now?

Diabetes Australia's stance on remission is that more research is needed. However, with many studies supporting the link between a low carb approach and type 2 diabetes remission, we hope it won’t be long before low carb, not low cal, is recognised as the sustainable approach to type 2 remission.