Can extreme low-calorie diet cure diabetes?
June 24, 2011 6:35 AM Subscribe
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conducted at Newcastle University (UK)
shows that type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed, not with medication, but through following a 600-calorie diet for two months.
The diet consists solely of liquid diet drinks and low starch vegetables for two months. At the end of the two months, the subjects of the study were given advice on portion control and healthy eating, and then "resumed normal eating".
Study was conducted with eleven volunteers with diabetes. Ten of the eleven returned for followup tests after three months. Of these ten, seven remained completely free of diabetes.
(There was a control group of another eleven subjects with diabetes who made no dietary changes.)
Following the diet was difficult and stressful:
“When my doctor mentioned the trial I thought I would give it a go as it might help me and other diabetics. I came off my tablets and had three diet shakes a day and some salad or vegetables but it was very, very difficult and I’m not sure I’d have done it without the support of my wife who went on a diet alongside me.
“At first the hunger was quite severe and I had to distract myself with something else – walking the dog, playing golf – or doing anything to occupy myself and take my mind off food but I lost an astounding amount of weight in a short space of time.
“At the end of the trial, I was told my insulin levels were normal and after six years, I no longer needed my diabetes tablets. Still today, 18 months on, I don’t take them. It’s astonishing really that a diet – hard as it was – could change my health so drastically. After six years of having diabetes I can tell the difference - I feel better, even walking round the golf course is easier.”