Low calorie diet reverses Type 2 diabetes

THE most common form of diabetes can be reversed by nothing more than a severe low calorie diet, Sky News reported today citing results from a new study.
Researchers said the “remarkable” discovery proves that a simple eight-week diet can do away with the need for years of expensive medication.

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Severe low calorie diet reverses Type 2 diabetes, UK study claims

  • By staff writers at Sky News in London

THE most common form of diabetes can be reversed by nothing more than a severe low calorie diet, Sky News reported today citing results from a new study.

Researchers said the “remarkable” discovery proves that a simple eight-week diet can do away with the need for years of expensive medication.

Newcastle University’s Professor Roy Taylor, who led the study, said, “For many years, it has been assumed that type 2 diabetes is a life sentence.

“It’s chronic, it’s progressive, people need more and more tablets, and eventually they need insulin. It’s a downhill slope. However, we have been able to show that it is in fact reversible.”

In the study, funded by the charity Diabetes UK, doctors selected 11 type 2 diabetics and used a powerful scanner to monitor fat in the pancreas which regulates blood sugar levels.

The patients were then put on a strict diet of just 600 calories a day consisting of slimming shakes, non-starchy vegetables, tea and zero-calorie drinks.

After just one week, early morning blood sugar levels had returned to normal among the group.

After two months, the fat in the pancreas of each patient had returned to normal levels and the pancreas was making insulin normally.

Three months later, after going back to normal eating with advice on portion control and healthy foods, seven people remained free of diabetes.

“The insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have gone to sleep in type 2 diabetes – they are not really doing very much,” explained Professor Taylor.

“As the level of fat in the pancreas has reduced, we have seen these insulin-producing cells come completely back to normal, and that is truly remarkable.”

The researchers, who are publishing their findings in the Diabetologia medical journal, said anyone who wants to try the diet should consult their family doctor first.

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