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What is the effect of weight loss on type 2 diabetes?

Weight loss has been shown to lower plasma glucose, triglycerides and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) concentrations in a high proportion of individuals with type 2 diabetes. Weight loss also reduces blood pressure. Because elevated blood pressure, triglycerides, and VLDL are common in type 2 diabetes and because they are important risk indicators in this condition (which is accompanied) by increased cardiovascular risk), weight loss is highly desirable. Indeed, even at a time when more potent pharmacologic agents than ever before are available for the treatment of diabetes, weight loss should have a primacy in therapy.

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