According to the American Diabetes Association “If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.” This can be a life-altering disease that can shorten sufferers’ lives by up to 10 years.
New research may give hope to people affected by diabetes though. Researchers at Newcastle University in England have found that eating a strict low-calorie diet for eight weeks can actually reverse type 2 diabetes.
The scientists looked at how too many calories lead to excess fat on the liver which forces the organ to produce too much glucose. That extra fat then moves on to the pancreas causing the insulin-producing cells to fail. This process causes diabetes.
The researchers suggest that losing just one gram of fat from the pancreas could start the production of insulin again. Therefore, they suggest a type of fasting which entails taking in 600 calories a day for eight weeks which could result in weight loss of up to 30 pounds. That reduction in weight, and thus fat, could reverse diabetes.
Professor Roy Taylor states that there is a limit on this “cure.” It only works for about 10 years after the onset of the condition. He has spent almost 40 years studying the condition and states;
“I think the real importance of this work is for the patients themselves. Many have described to me how embarking on the low-calorie diet has been the only option to prevent what they thought – or had been told – was an inevitable decline into further medication and further ill health because of their diabetes. By studying the underlying mechanisms we have been able to demonstrate the simplicity of type 2 diabetes.”
Figures show that as many as 380 million suffer from type 2 diabetes in the world. The disease can result in many serious health conditions including high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, heart failure, and stroke. If this research proves to be true, imagine how much of this suffering and death could be avoided.