Living for at least two months on an extremely low-calorie diet could help Type 2 diabetics cure their ailment, assumed to be a lifelong affliction.
According to a study by researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University, obese diabetics were temporarily cured because of the very low-calorie diet they had for about eight weeks. The result of the experiment is an indicator that diabetes could be cured.
The study had 11 diabetic participants who reduced their food intake to only 600 calories daily for two months. On the third month of eating extreme, low-calorie food, seven of them became free of the ailment without resorting to medication or insulin injections.
Ron Taylor, professor at the university and leader of the study, presented on Thursday the team’s findings at the American Diabetes Association conference. He explained that switching to a diet of sugar-free drinks and non-starchy vegetables leads the diabetic’s body to remove the fat that clogs their pancreas, allowing the organ to again produce insulin.
The finding could benefit millions of diabetics worldwide. In the U.K. alone, there are 2.5 million Britons diagnosed with diabetes and a majority of them are classified as Type 2.
A 2008 study by Taylor and Dr. Michael Trenell also found that Type 2 diabetics could improve their body’s ability to store sugar and burn fat by at least 45 minutes of walking daily.
The earlier study was based on a comparison of 10 Type 2 diabetics, with one group required to engage in a physical activity daily. Members of that group burnt about 20 percent more fat than those who did not exercise. The former also enjoyed a reduction in the effect of their ailment.
It confirmed what doctors had been recommending to diabetics--to combine diet and medication with regular exercise to help manage their ailment.
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