An extreme low calorie diet alone found to be capable of reversing diabetes!
Diabetes is an ever-increasing metabolic disease caused by high levels of blood sugar. A recent study by Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University, UK showed that loss of even one gram of pancreatic fat can reflect improved insulin production and also reverse Type 2 diabetes.
Previously a research led by Professor Roy Taylor has shown some other interesting aspects of curing diabetes. In a clinical trial of 11 people, who were made to limit their food intake to only 600 calories a day for two months, showed a reversal in their diabetic state. Further, on testing after three months, seven of the patients remained free of diabetes.
The patients were put on an extreme diet of just 600 calories a day consisting of liquid diet drinks plus 200 calories of non-starchy vegetables. They were matched to a control group of people without diabetes and then monitored over eight weeks. Insulin production from their pancreas and fat content in the liver and pancreas were studied. After just one-week the pre-breakfast blood sugar levels had returned to normal.
A special MRI scan of their pancreas revealed that the fat levels in the pancreas had returned from an elevated level to normal (from around 8% to 6%). In step with this, the pancreas regained the normal ability to make insulin and as a result, blood sugar after meals steadily improved.
This very low calorie diet can remove fat which is clogging up the pancreas allowing normal insulin secretion to be restored. This was then further proved in another study with diabetic and non-diabetic patients undergoing bariatric surgery, which was featured on December 1, 2015 on biotechin.asia.
Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University said: “To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable – and all because of an eight week diet.”
Such research further supports the well-known fact that diet plays an important role in managing metabolic diseases.
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