New diet 'reverses' Type 2 diabetes

A new study in the UK has found that a strict diet can successfully 'reverse' Type 2 diabetes.

New diet 'reverses' Type 2 diabetes

A new study in the UK has found that a strict diet can successfully 'reverse' Type 2 diabetes.

The study of about 300 people in Scotland and Tyneside with Type 2 diabetes saw participants stick to a strict diet of around 800 calories for up to five months, with the support of a nurse or dietitian to maintain the weight.

The first-year results showed that 46 per cent of participants had reversed Type 2 diabetes, while 24 months later, more than 36 per cent of people were still in remission.

Significant weight loss is linked to sustaining remission of the condition, with 64 per cent of participants that lost more than 10 kilograms throughout the program still in remission two years later. The average weight loss of those participants still in remission after the second year is 15.5 kilograms.

"These results are a significant development, and finally pull down the curtain on the era of Type 2 diabetes as an inevitably progressive disease." said Professor Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University.

"We now understand the biological nature of this reversible condition. However, everyone in remission needs to know that evidence to date tells us that your Type 2 diabetes will return if you regain weight." he said.

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    Rod63
    8th Mar 2019
    11:32am
    Brilliant.
    Cheezil61
    8th Mar 2019
    12:34pm
    Yer 800 calories a day so easy right? Who can sustain that & we keep getting told it is not healthy to eat less than 1200 caliries per day! WTF? Who comes up with this stuff!
    KSS
    8th Mar 2019
    5:57pm
    You don't need to sustain it for long, and the participants got help and support.
    Paddington
    8th Mar 2019
    1:38pm
    800 calories really? How can anyone maintain that? A small piece of fish is 200 calories for a start. You could not get all the vitamins you need in that so you would be taking a lot of supplements. And you would need to stay low calories to keep it off. The moment you started to eat normally it would pile back on and worse. By normally, I mean 1200 or a bit more.
    KSS
    8th Mar 2019
    6:10pm
    Actually Paddington, 800 calories are not that hard to manage especially if you combine the diet with intermittent fasting which means you don't eat anything for a minimum 12 hours and up to 16 hours a day. This is easily achieved if you stop eating at say 6pm and don't have breakfast until at least 6am but preferably 8 or 10am. This is the 16:8 you may have heard of. In addition the recommendation is to eat the Mediterranean diet which means lots of vegetables and more legumes, small amounts of grains, nuts and seeds, then fish and meat and olive oil. There is also evidence that it can reset hormones so that maintaining a healthy diet would not result in weight gain. And if you noticed in the article the people in the trial were closely monitored which is an important element since the participants had diabetes.

    Given the progression of diabetes can lead to amputation, blindness, and death, this is surely worth a try.

    Read The 800 Diet book by Dr Michael Moseley. It is an easy read and contains many references to the evidential research.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    8:28pm
    KSS, the mediterranean diet is a farce, it will not reverse disease, it will improve your health if you have been eating a western processed diet and this is what they compared it with in researches. The better diet is a low fat plant based diet, see forksoverknives.com. Lowering your animal protein and upping your veggies and fruit will lower calorie intake without having to eat less. Watch the oil, it is very high in calories.
    fish head
    9th Mar 2019
    11:02am
    This is NOT something to be undertaken on your own.It only attacks the problem for the overweight sufferers. If you suffer with a faulty pancreas it will not stop the disease. Unfortunately dieting is not the complete answer for everybody.
    musicveg
    9th Mar 2019
    8:25pm
    Why restrict the amount of food,just eat low calorie food, lots of plants, veggies and fruit, low in calories but will give you all the nutrition and anti-oxidants you need, when will people wake up and realize you just have to cut out processed foods, lower animal protein (including eggs and dairy, or just give it up) and reverse many diseases. There are many testimonials at forksoverknives.con of people who have done that, plus while you there check out the recipes.
    Nose Hair Bob
    10th Mar 2019
    12:55pm
    Paddington, 'all the vitamins you need are in 200g of fish? You may want to research the mercury levels in wild fish or the hormone/antibiotic levels in farmed fish, interesting reading. There's more healthy omega 3 's in a spoonful of flax seed. The most important food source for your body is fiber, proven, there's no fiber in meat or fish. A nutrient/vitamin dense food is sweet potato. Like musicveg states, cut right back on any meats, especially processed.
    musicveg
    10th Mar 2019
    1:53pm
    Yes I forgot about the fish NHB, canned Tuna is the worst which a lot of people eat because of what they state on the packaging, also fish oil in capsules are all rancid oil, it should be banned from sale. Chia seeds and walnuts have plenty of omega 3's too but also it is important to cut back on the omega 6's to balance it all out. Those who do eat meat should eat it as a condiment rather than the main part of the meal, my European mother told me that is what they grew up with. Also seaweed like wakame, kelp and spirulina is highly nutritious. Sprinkle a little on your dinner and you get also your iodine.Love sweet potato, you could just about live on it if you mixed it with a few nuts and dark leafy greens.
    Nose Hair Bob
    10th Mar 2019
    2:05pm
    Yes, full on vegans only have to supplement their B12 and Iodine deficiency's, sea vegetables should cover the Iodine, iodized salt also but not the best.
    Fish oil tablets are snake oil, again, nutrifacts.com does a good researched article on these.
    musicveg
    10th Mar 2019
    2:22pm
    I am full vegan and don't hardly ever supplement with B12 we need very little, I have never been tested to be low either, growing your own food helps to cover it if you only lightly wash your veggies and eating mushrooms.I was using nutritional yeast but decided it was too processed and they only add the vitamin B12 anyhow. We do make B12 in our guts so it is important to keep it healthy. Also many meat eaters lack in B12 too but they seem to pick on vegans and vegetarians. I do read a lot of the nutritionalfacts articles by Dr Greger, so interesting and informative.


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