Reversing type 2 diabetes can restore the pancreas to its normal size and shape, a new study finds.
Previous research found that with remission of type 2 diabetes through significant weight loss, natural insulin-production can return to levels similar to people who have never had diabetes.
The new study is the first to show that reversing diabetes can also affect the size and shape of the pancreas, the researchers said.
The study included 64 people with type 2 diabetes and a control group 64 people without diabetes whose pancreas health was monitored for two years. At the start of the study, average pancreas volume was 20% smaller and organ borders were more irregular in people with diabetes than in the control group.
After five months of weight loss, pancreas volume was unchanged in people with diabetes who’d gone into remission — responders — as well as those who had not.