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Diabetes breakthrough at Newcastle University

Research shows weight loss helps those with Type 2 diabetes. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

Pioneering research from Newcastle University has helped a 'high percentage' of people with Type 2 diabetes to reverse the condition.

A year-long medical trial showed that nearly 9 out of 10 people - who lost 2 stone or more on a low calorie diet - experienced a reduction in blood sugar levels.

Research was also conducted by Glasgow University and funded by the charity Diabetes UK.

Our basic studies have shown us how we can reverse diabetes and we need to achieve much greater weight loss than has been previously recognised.

We've established a practical way of doing this, we've rolled it out in general practice, in primary care, in a way that might be practical for the nHS, and we've achieved quite startling results.

– Professor Roy Taylor, Newcastle University