The simple change to your diet that can beat type 2 diabetes

Many people do not realise that weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes.

How to reverse type 2 diabetes

The idea that type 2 diabetes is reversible is a cause of disagreement among scientists, but a new study that was successfully able to reverse the condition in rats is giving hope to those who believe the disease can be beaten.

The global burden of type 2 diabetes has nearly quadrupled over the past 35 years. In 1980, there were around 108 million people with the disease, and by 2014, that number had risen to 422 million.

The vast majority of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes, which is a disease that results when the body becomes less effective at using insulin to help cells to convert blood sugar, or glucose, into energy. Excess body weight is a main cause of this type of diabetes.

Researchers at Yale’s School of Medicine discovered that by restricting the calorie intake of rats in the study, they were able to reverse the signs of type 2 diabetes.

The researchers restricted the calories in the diets of rats that showed the equivalent of all the type 2 diabetes hallmarks in humans, which are non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hyperglycaemia, obesity and hyperinsulinemia.

The rats were placed on restricted diets – which contained a quarter of their normal calorie intake – for three days, after which their plasma glucose levels were significantly lower.

The researchers found three mechanisms by which the very low calorie diet drastically lowered blood sugar concentrations in the rodents.

  • The diet decreased the rate at which lactate and amino acids were turned into glucose.
  • It decreased the rate at which hepatic glycogen was turned into glucose.
  • It decreased the liver's fat content, which, in turn, made the liver more sensitive to insulin.

While the latest research reports that type 2 diabetes can be reversed irrespective of weight loss, another study from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom suggests that shedding about 15 kilograms often produces total remission of the disease.

The Scottish study explains that “Remission of diabetes (no longer having diabetes, at least for a period) is clearly attainable for some, possibly many, patients but is currently very rarely achieved or recorded.”

“Greater awareness, documentation and surveillance of remissions should improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs,” the study explains.

Do you suffer from type 2 diabetes? What have you tried in order to reverse the condition? Have you had any success?



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    4th Dec 2017
    This is a comprehensive treatment:
    4th Dec 2017
    Diabetes is common in my family. But let's be honest my sisters neck is thicker than my leg. So I guess there's a good reason. I don't know that you have to go vegan but it probably pays not yo eat a whole cream cake on your own washed down with soft drink,
    4th Dec 2017
    If I lost 15 kgs as they recommend I would be put in hospital for Anorexia! You can be genetically disposed to contract Diabetes Type 2 - I have it in both sides of my family for sick of the "overweight, lack of exercise"........
    4th Dec 2017
    You cant stop flogging your vegetarian crap can you colours. Give it a rest.
    4th Dec 2017
    Hey colours just realised there is an easy stir fried beef recipe on the page. Why don't you give it a try.
    fish head
    4th Dec 2017
    I have managed to lose approximately 20 kg but the diabetes is STILL there. Weight is not the only factor to be considered. Since I am the third generation to develop diabetes in my family I suspect a strong genetic link possible. I am tired of the overweight, under exercise tag that has been ignorantly attached to Type 2 diabetes.The matter is far more complicated.
    4th Dec 2017
    I was afraid of that , as far as I know doctors blame weight control problems but if it's genetic I might get as well. I can understand my sister getting it but weight isn't an issue for me.
    4th Dec 2017
    Weight, exercise etc was never an issue for me.......I had NO symptoms, still don't after fifteen years (except elevated Blood sugar levels) damage thus far...I can trace Diabetes Type 2 back through four generations on both sides of my family, it was inevitable. my Dr remarked.

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