TYPE 2 diabetes can be reversed in 10 weeks with a high-fat and low carbohydrate diet tailored to the patient, claims a study.
The research, the first of its kind, could pave the way for an overhaul in the management of the condition which is linked to obesity and affects almost three million people in the UK.
Most diabetics are advised to eat a balanced diet, including carbohydrates.
However, scientists, who carried out the study on 238 patients, found that restricting carbohydrates and increasing fat led to dramatic improvements.
Half the patients saw their condition reversed after just 10 weeks and were able to reduce or stop taking diabetes drugs.
Eighty nine per cent of those in the study, who had been reliant on insulin due to the severity of their disease, were able to dramatically reduce or stop taking it.
Professor Sarah Hallberg, an expert in obesity medicine, who led the study at Indiana University, said: “This is the first time we have seen such a drastic change in such a large group of people outside bariatric [weight loss] surgery.
“It is something we would never previously have known was possible. I was so blown over by the results and we should now think about using this approach as a standard of care as it outperforms current treatment.”
She added: “Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance.
"Carbohydrate intake is the single biggest factor in blood sugar levels.”
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disorder leading to high blood glucose levels because the body is unable to make proper use of insulin, the hormone which metabolises sugar.
Without insulin, sugar derails the metabolism causing life-threatening conditions such as cancer, heart and liver disease.
Current guidance states there is inconclusive evidence to recommend a specific carbohydrate limit.
Professor Hallberg said this advice needs to be changed because she believes Type 2 can be reversed, in many if not most situations, especially if treated early.
The results of the study, which will be finalised over the next year, have excited experts.
Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “This study is highly significant and suggests carbohydrates are damaging. We urgently need to conduct more studies to confirm this finding and this I hope will lead to a complete overhaul of the management of Type 2 diabetes.”
The charity Diabetes UK is funding another clinical trial to assess the impact of a low-calorie diet.
The study of 280 patients from 30 GP practices will also assess whether the diet could be delivered through routine NHS care.
The results are due in 2018.
It worked for me and Eddie within the ten week timescale Adam
I was diagnosed as 'pre'diabetic'. I changed my way of eating to low carb and within a few months I tested in the normal range. If you are 'skeptical' try it...it won't hurt you and you will definitely see an improvement.
it is good that they are doing this research and maybe more people will go that way and save their lives
Good stuff to read. Folks should read yours too http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/introduction-to-low-carb-for-beginners.html
I am another one of the success stories, diagnosed in 7/2016 Type 2 with a fasting BG of 141 and an A1c of 6.4 .. Eight months later, A1c is 5.6, no meds, oh ~~ and I've lost 35 pounds! BG in normal range. Shooting for an A1c under 5!
Amazing how much food can affect our bodies!
i must say and i often say this among people i live with that scientists are the true men of god who are revealing the real secrets of life and finding the way to utilize them for the betterment of humanity
It is about time people are realizing this. Scientists and many physicians have ridiculed the Atkins Diet for years and years and it comes as no surprise to me what this new study has discovered. My own MD follows these guidelines and also suggests this for her patients. The U.S. needs to change the way they treat diabetes because the old way is not working. Great post!
I lost 35 pounds on a low carb diet once and should do it again. It is very hard to give up pasta and potatoes, but the results are amazing!
Excellent post! Thank you!
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I am was a type 2 diabetic and I was not diagnosed until last year at the age of 40 when I was admitted into the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis. I knew something was wrong because my parents are type 2 as well as my grandmother before she died of diabetes. so I am familiar with the disease. I understand how you feel Its like your body is betraying you and there is nothing you can do about it. do not lose hope!!!
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