At last it has been shown that type 2 diabetes is no longer a lifetime disease, but that it can now be reversed.
Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin produced does not work properly (insulin resistance).
It is said that South Asian and black people are at greater risk of diabetes and often appears at the age of 25 in them, while it usually appears at the age of 40 in others. But recently, type 2 diabetes has no age limits because it has been seen even in children.
A recent ‘research which has been revealed at the American Diabetes Association conference and published in “Diabetologia” transforms the thinking on diabetes. The research demonstrates that people who go on a very LOW CALORIE DIET can remove fat which clogs up the pancreas, allowing normal insulin secretion to be restored.’
The research involved eleven obese people who were put on a special 600 calories a day diet for eight weeks and were monitored. As a result of this, their blood sugar after meals was improved.
Afterwards, they were advised on the portion size of food they could eat daily and on the importance of healthy eating in other to be free from the type 2 diabetes.
After 3 months, seven remained free of diabetes out of the ten that were retested.
Type 2 diabetes is all about energy balance in the body, if you are eating more than you burn, then the excess is stored in the liver and pancreas as fat which can lead to Type 2 diabetes in some people.
The diet to combat diabetes can only be monitored by a doctor, so if you have diabetes, please contact your doctor as soon as possible. Please note that further research is required for this study, therefore people with diabetes should continue to follow the dietary advice given to them by their doctor. The participants in this study were all given medical supervision throughout, and people with the condition are advised not to try this diet on their own.
If you do not know if you are diabetic or not, below are symptoms of diabetes to look out for:
Passing urine than usual
Unexplained weight loss
Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
Slow healing of cuts and wounds
If you notice any of these symptoms in you, please contact your doctor to reduce the possibility of developing diabetes complications.
To prevent diseases like diabetes, let us stick to a healthy/balanced diet and cut down on our calorie and fat intake, because the scientific research carried out has acknowledged that diet alone can have a huge impact on
type 2 diabetes, therefore, by lowering our carbohydrate and fat intake, we may overcome diabetes.
We on our own could follow our own not too strict diet that is low in carbohydrates and fat, and stick to it.
In conclusion, type 2 diabetes is said to be no longer a lifetime condition because it can be reversed by diet monitored by a doctor, but to avoid being obese and piling on fat that can lead to diabetes, let us continue to cut down on our calorie intake, stick to this and not be weary.
Researched and Written by Elizabeth SamCoffie
1. Diabetes UK- ‘what is type 2 diabetes’, http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guidetodiabetes/introduction-to-diabetes/what-is-diabetes/what -is-type-2-diabetes/
2. Links to Science
E.L. Lim, K.G. Hollingsworth, B.S. Aribisala, M.J. Chen, J.C. Mathers and R.Taylor, 'Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol', Diabetologia, June 09 2011 (published online)
3. Medical Xpress- ‘Diet reverse type 2 diabetes’, http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-06-diet-reverses-diabetes.html
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