Success for Forth Valley diabetes trial

Results that see type 2 diabetes go into remission hailed as “amazing”

Tuesday 16th April 2019

People at NHS Forth Valley have taken part in a successful study that found weight loss can put type 2 diabetes into remission.

The nationwide research, funded by Diabetes UK and headed by the universities of Glasgow and Newcastle, saw dieticians in GP practices help people with the condition to lose weight.

Two thirds of those taking part who lost ten kilos or more were in remission two years on, leading to a better quality of life and reducing the need to take medication.

Lesley Slaughter, a community dietician at the health board who was involved in the trial, says:

“This is something, which in the past, I would never have recommended to my patients, never mind deliver it. But part of what I really enjoy about dietetics is that our practice is constantly changing as new research is published. So to be involved in a piece of research like this was exciting.

“Anyone who receives remission after years of taking prescribed medications is amazing. In my experience the participants most successful at staying in remission are those who are monitoring. So weighing themselves frequently, continuing to monitor their dietary intake using a diary or an app. The learning for me has been absolutely huge and I feel fortunate to have had the research team on hand.”