People with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes rarely succeed in losing weight, latest evidence has demonstrated.

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland has found that individuals do not experience much weight change when they are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

One in 10 people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes lose weight, the researchers have revealed.

Meanwhile, only 3% put on weight, the findings have shown.

According to the academics, weight gain can trigger the development of severe health problems.

For eight years the researchers analysed the diabetes outcomes of 889 adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.

In this time, more than 10% of the participants experienced microvascular problems and 20% developed macrovascular complications.

Additionally, 20% of the participants died.

Those with a high BMI were up to 2.9 times more likely to develop micro and macrovascular complications compared to people with a stable BMI, the study has reported.

Examples of micro and macrovascular complications of diabetes include heart disease, retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy.

Author Zhiting Wang said: “These results underscore the significance of continuous BMI monitoring and weight management in people with type 2 diabetes.

“Tailored treatments and support with lifestyle changes are crucial for efficiently preventing weight gain and reducing the risk of diabetes complications.”

Read the study in the journal Clinical Epidemiology.

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