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June 24, 2011

Wonder Cure For Type 2 Diabetes?

Topics: Health Issues

If you have Type 2 diabetes and want to jump-start your body's production of insulin, there's good news for you. New research suggests that Type 2 diabetes can be cured by eating an ultra low-calorie diet in just eight weeks, even if you've had it for years. According to the study, all you have to do is cut your food intake to just 600 calories a day for two months - but there's a catch: You shouldn't try the new wonder cure without close medical supervision.

Express.co.uk reports:

[...] Professor Roy Taylor, of Newcastle Univ­ersity, who led the research, said: "To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable - and all because of an eight-week diet. 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.

"We have been able to put diabetes into reverse by a very low-calorie diet over a short period of time."

"What is really important and very new is the changes in the body that go along with this. Specifically, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have gone to sleep in Type 2 diabetes, they are not really doing very much."

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

He added: "This represents a radical change in our understanding of the condition. Insulin cells, if they are exposed to fat, don't work. If they are protected from the fat they perform normally. It is quite possible that we may be able to devise medicines that block the effect of fat and allow normal function."

Read the whole thing.

As the article goes on to point out, the trial study involved only 11 patients that ate a "meal-replacement" milkshake of 150 calories three times a day. This was supplemented with three portions of non-starchy vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce. After one week, their pre-breakfast blood sugar levels had returned to normal and an MRI scan revealed that the fat levels in the pancreas were also normal, down from around eight per cent to six per cent.

Posted by Richard at June 24, 2011 7:02 AM



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