Type 2 Diabetes Remission: Exploring the Evidence, the new Diabetes Canada Guidelines, and Practical Tips


Date:  Thursday, September 7, 2023
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 ET


Workshop description:

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) remission – defined as the withdrawal of glucose-lowering medications with HbA1c returning to sub-diabetes thresholds sustained for 3 months– has emerged as an exciting new treatment goal that can provide hope for persons living with what is traditionally considered a “chronic and progressive” condition. This webinar will present concepts and criteria for T2D remission as published in the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines and Consensus Report  by the Endocrine Society, European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Diabetes UK, and American Diabetes Association (ADA). It will also share the latest evidence-based research that supports the possibility of T2D remission through nutritional interventions. The webinar will conclude with practical and clinical aspects of the T2D remission journey and how healthcare professionals can support people who would like to pursue this approach. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of T2D remission including its recent emergence as a potential treatment strategy and the criteria/definitions used by national  and international guidelines.
  2. Become familiar with the evidence supporting nutritional interventions for T2D remission, including clinical trials using low-calorie diets and low-carbohydrate diets.
  3. Learn how to support and empower individuals for sustainable lifestyle changes by reviewing practical aspects and strategies to support individuals with T2D in making sustainable dietary modifications to promote  remission and long-term improved health outcomes.


Jonathan Little, PhD, University of British Columbia
Barbara Oliveira, PhD, RD, University of British Columbia

Moderator: : Dylan Mackay, PhD, University of Manitoba

About the Speakers:

Dr. Jonathan Little is Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC, Canada. His research focuses on optimizing diet and exercise interventions for the prevention, treatment, and remission of type 2 diabetes. He has published over 160 peer- reviewed journal articles in the areas of exercise metabolism, nutrition, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and immunology. He was part of the writing group that developed and authored the 2022 Diabetes Clinical Practice Guidelines chapter on “Remission of Type 2 Diabetes”. Ongoing research in his lab includes clinical trials and translational studies in humans to determine how application of different diet, nutritional ketosis, and exercise strategies impact glucose control, cardiovascular risk, and inflammation. Of particular interest is understanding how dietary interventions can help people with type 2 diabetes reduce their need for medications, and potentially put type 2 diabetes into remission.  

Dr. Barbara Oliveira is a dietitian with a background in both nutrition and diabetes. Barbara began her education with a bachelor in Dietetics, setting the foundation for her passion in nutrition and health. She continued her academic journey with a MSc degree in Neuroscience at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil focusing on antioxidant vitamins and Alzheimer’s disease. Continuing her academic career, Barbara obtained her PhD from the same institution, studying the impact of vitamins on type 1 diabetes. Her interest in research led to a Postdoctoral appointment at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she explored how various low-carbohydrate dietary interventions impact type 2 diabetes where she coordinated clinical trials and counselled patients. These experiences gave her the strong background in nutritional interventions for the prevention, treatment and remission of type 2 diabetes. Due to her diverse academic journey and dedication to evidence-based practices, Dr. Oliveira now serves as a clinical research coordinator at UBC. In this role, she oversees several clinical trials focused on nutrition and diabetes management, furthering her contributions to the field.


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