Scientists from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have found that reversing type 2 diabetes can be done by sticking to a very low-calorie diet (about 600 calories) for two months.
The study—funded by Diabetes UK—involved 11 diabetic participants, seven of whom were able to reverse type 2 diabetes with a diet consisting of liquid drinks and non-starchy vegetables. The researchers stated that this very low-calorie diet reduced the amount of fat in the pancreas, which interferes with insulin production.
After the eight-week diet ended, these people returned to eating a normal diet, with smaller portion sizes and healthier food choices. When 10 of the 11 were retested, seven were still free of diabetes.
I’m not the least bit surprised at these results. Since the 1980s, I’ve been saying that weight loss is integral to reversing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that reducing your weight by just 5-10 percent can make a significant difference in blood sugar control.
Health & Healing subscriber Jason Davis lost 100 pounds, reversing type 2 diabetes in the process. Another one of my patients, Elizabeth Billups, had out-of-control diabetes when she arrived at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in April 2010—her blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C levels were especially high at 300 and 12.8, respectively. With healthier eating and a weight loss of 20 pounds, reversing type 2 diabetes became a reality for her, too.
The bottom line is that reversing type 2 diabetes can be accomplished by losing weight. But a very low-calorie diet of 600 calories per day—even though it may have worked—is extreme. Even the researchers who conducted this study conceded that an extremely small minority of people would be able to stick with such a Spartan diet.
I suggest you try the approach that’s worked for hundreds of my patients and Health & Healing subscribers: the “mini-fast with exercise” program. This regimen helps with weight reduction and blood sugar control—plus it’s sustainable, which is the key to reversting type 2 diabetes for life.
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