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2011-06-28

Low-Calorie Diet REVERSES Type 2 Diabetes

This is really amazing news! This new study has single-handedly altered our understanding of type 2 diabetes, which has been thought to be a life-long, irreversible condition. The researchers of this study report that a diet providing only 600 Calories (kcal) daily for eight weeks reversed the condition in 100% of the eleven people selected to be a part of this clinical trial.

What's more is that seven of these subjects (64%) remained diabetes-free three months after the end of dietary intervention.

This is how it went down... under close supervision of a medical team, eleven people who had developed diabetes later in life were put on an extreme diet of just 600 Cal/day. This consisted of liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables.

After just one week, the researchers saw that pre-breakfast (fasting) blood sugar levels had normalized, and scans of the pancreas revealed that fat content had dropped from an elevated level of 8%, to the healthy, normal level of 6%.

Perhaps as a consequence of the reduction in fat content, the pancreas was found to regain its normal ability to produce insulin. As a result, blood sugar levels after meals began to improve steadily.

The authors said, “We believe this shows that Type 2 diabetes is all about energy balance in the body...if you are eating more than you burn, then the excess is stored in the liver and pancreas as fat which can lead to Type 2 diabetes in some people.”

So this gives immeasurable hope to those with the condition. Of course, the results of this pilot study need to be replicated in a much larger clinical trial, but this is extremely promising.

The bottom-line message is... eat a healthy diet. And if you don't know what I mean by "healthy," consult your Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist.

Source: Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol (link to full-text pdf)

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