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Question: How can weight loss be achieved in individuals with type 2 diabetes?

Although a reduction in energy intake is, in theory, the ideal treatment for type 2 diabetes, this is extremely difficult to achieve for long term management, in part because of the accessibility of highly palatable, energy-dense foofd in modern culture. Also, most studies show that weight regain the majaority of people who have lost weight, usually over 1-2 year interval. Therefore, there has been considerable interest in formal, aerobic exercise as an adjunct to dietary measures for the purpose of losing weight. Studies done over a period of 2-3 years show that regular exercise, combined with a low-fat diet, can result in sustained weight loss. Many experts recommend near daily exercise for patients with type 2 diabetes.

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