#RizzNews: The World’s Biggest Snowball Fight Was Canceled This Weekend . . . Because It Snowed. Would You Give Up Alcohol, Social Media, or Your Hair to Wipe Out Your Student Loans?
The World’s Biggest Snowball Fight Was Canceled This Weekend . . . Because It Snowed
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey had big plans on Saturday to try to break the world record for the biggest snowball fight. But they had to cancel it . . . because it snowed.
They were planning to use fake, plush snowballs to guarantee no one got hurt. But when the forecast showed six inches of snow, they had to cancel the event . . . since that real snow would’ve gotten in the way.
There’s no word on whether they’re going to reschedule.
Would You Give Up Alcohol, Social Media, or Your Hair to Wipe Out Your Student Loans?
It would be incredible to have someone just magically wipe away all of your student loans. But on the other hand, it’s also incredible to post a picture of your Frappuccino on Instagram and get 21 likes.
A new survey via Credit Loan asked people with more than $60,000 in student loans what they’d be willing to give up if it meant their debt would be totally wiped out.
And 72% said they’d give up Instagram or Facebook. Which, I guess, means that more than a quarter of people would rather carry a TON of student loans than give up social media.
The survey also found 60% of people would shave their head to have their debt wiped out . . . 55% would never go to their favorite restaurant again . . . 51% would never drink alcohol again . . . and 49% would get a tattoo of their school mascot.
Reversing Diabetes Is Possible Through Weight Loss, Study Finds
Type 2 diabetes has long been viewed as an incurable, chronic condition that often requires lifelong management through medication, such as Glucophage (metformin) and insulin. But a study published in December 2017 in the journal The Lancetsuggested following a radical diet that restricts calorie consumption to under 1,000 per day has the potential to reverse the disease in some individuals without using conventional treatments.
“Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible,” colead author Michael Lean, bachelor of medicine and chair of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, says in a news release. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million American adults are living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Worldwide, an estimated 108 million people have type 2 diabetes, according to the World Health Organization.
What Previous Research Says About Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Through Weight Loss
Previous studies have found that diet and weight loss can help people better manage type 2 diabetes, and in some cases, such as through the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), prevent prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes. In fact, an analysis published in September 2017 in the journal BMJ offered a magic number of pounds that is linked with reversal of type 2 diabetes: 33 pounds (lbs).
Though risky, bariatric surgery also can help people with type 2 diabetes better manage the disease — potentially better than medication alone, according to a study published in February 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For the current study, called The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), researchers recruited about 300 white, British participants between ages 20 and 64 who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six months prior. They randomly assigned 149 participants to a strict weight-management program and another 149 participants to a program based on standard care, which served as the control group. All participants stopped taking their type 2 diabetes medication when the study began.
Those people in the strict program drank a low-calorie liquid diet that translated to a maximum of 850 calories per day for three to five months. For the next two to eight weeks, participants reintroduced solid food into their diets, and they attended classes on diet and exercise, along with behavioral therapy sessions.
After one year, participants who followed the strict program dropped about 22 lbs, while those who followed the standard program lost only 2 lbs. Forty-six percent of people who followed the strict plan reversed type 2 diabetes compared with only 4 percent who put the disease in remission in the control group. Researchers defined remission as having an A1C of less than 6.5 percent and being off all medication. A1C is a two- to three-month average of blood sugar levels.
The Takeaway: How Weight Loss May Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Although type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial disease, with family health history and ethnicity playing some role in risk, researchers agree that excess body weight can contribute to insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that ferries glucose, or blood sugar, to the cells and muscles for energy, and as a result of insulin resistance, glucose accumulates in the blood, increasing the risk of health complications. Scientists aren’t sure why insulin resistance occurs, but too much fat around our organs (called visceral fat) appears to lead to hormonal changes that contribute to insulin resistance.
Next, researchers plan to continue the study for four years to analyze whether remission from type 2 diabetes is possible long-term. “Our findings suggest that the very large weight losses targeted by bariatric surgery are not essential to reverse the underlying processes [that] cause type 2 diabetes,” colead author Roy Taylor, MD, director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Center, says in the release. “The weight-loss goals provided by this program are achievable for many people. The big challenge is long-term avoidance of weight regain.”
To learn more about the current study, including what it may mean for you or any loved ones affected by type 2 diabetes, check out the articles curated below.
Radical diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, new study shows
Weight loss could send diabetes into remission, scientists find
Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes, New Study Finds
A low calorie diet reversed diabetes in half of patients
Type 2 diabetes can be REVERSED by strict weight loss programme without medication, study finds
Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed by a weight loss programme without any medication, a study has found. The landmark trial of UK adults published in the Lancet showed that 46% of patients on the strict calorie counting programme who lost an average of 10kg were cured a year later. That compared to only 4% of a second group which followed the current best practice treatment of GPs lifestyle advice and drugs to reduce blood sugar levels.