Strict Diet = Resolves Diabetes in a Few Days?

Crash course diet reverses Type 2 diabetes in a week

Scientists show the disease can be reversed in as little as seven days by going on a crash-course diet.

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Crash course diet reverses Type 2 diabetes in a week

Britain’s 2.5 million people with Type 2 diabetes are offered new hope today
as scientists show the disease can be reversed in as little as seven days by
going on a crash-course diet.

Adhering to the strict 600 calorie-a-day diet causes fat levels in the
pancreas to plummet, restoring normal function, found Prof Roy Taylor of
Newcastle University.

The discovery, a “radical change” in understanding of the condition,
holds out the possibility that sufferers could cure themselves – if they
have the willpower.

Until recently received medical wisdom was that Type 2 diabetes was largely
irreversible.

But this small-scale study indicates that defeating it could be easier than
commonly thought.

Prof Taylor asked 11 volunteers, all recently diagnosed, to go on what he
admitted was an “extreme diet” of specially formulated drinks and
non-starchy vegetables, for eight weeks.

After just a week, pre-breakfast (‘fasting’) blood sugar levels had returned
to normal, suggesting a resumption of correct pancreas function.

After eight weeks, all had managed to reverse their diabetes. Three months on,
seven remained free of it.

He said: “This is a radical change in understanding Type 2 diabetes. It
will change how we can explain it to people newly diagnosed with the
condition.

“While it has long been believed that someone with Type 2 diabetes will
always have the disease, and that it will steadily get worse, we have shown
that we can reverse the condition.”

The idea of the crash diet came from the observation that gastric bypass
patients often quickly stopped being Type 2 diabetics.

Many thought this was because surgery affected gut hormones which had a
knock-on impact on the pancreas.

But Prof Taylor thought it might really be because the surgery severely
constrained what patients could eat. He set up the diet experiment to test
his ‘fat’ hypothesis.

He said special MRI scans showed the proportion of fat in volunteers’
pancreases dropped during the eight weeks, from eight to six per cent.

“This study does not just show proof of principal, it shows proof of
mechanism,” he concluded.

He believed the diet would also work in people who had suffered from Type 2
diabetes for years, as bariatric surgery patients tended to remain
diabetes-free. He is presenting the findings to the American Diabetes
Association conference in San Diego this weekend.

Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, which supported the study,
said: “It shows that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed, on a par with
successful surgery without the side effects. However, this diet is not an
easy fix.”

Whether the reversal “would remain in the long term” was still an
open question.

Despite the diet’s potential, Prof Taylor was a little pessimistic about how
many would stick to it.

“Maybe five per cent,” he said. “However, if they did, it would
save the NHS many millions of pounds.”

Almost a tenth of the entire NHS budget, or about £9 billion a year, is spent
managing diabetes and its complications. Most of that is spent on type 2
diabetics, who outnumber type 1 diabetics by about nine to one.

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