Reverse Your Diabetes By Losing Weight Says New Study

Posted: Mar 22 2016, 5:41am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 22 2016, 9:19am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Reverse Your Diabetes by Losing Weight Says new Study
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  • You can Reverse your Diabetes via Caloric Restriction

The latest evidence points to the fact that you can reverse your diabetes via caloric restriction.

A new study says that if you lose weight and reverse your diabetes, you can stay diabetes-free for life. This is exciting news indeed. Even those patients who had Type 2 diabetes for a span of a decade could reverse their disease via weight control.

The thing is that as these people lose weight, the fat melts off from their pancreas. That is when the insulin production is automatically ramped up. The result is the reversal of Type 2 diabetes.

All that was needed was a low calorie diet. This was proved way back in 2011. The study merely took eight weeks and not enough time had elapsed to prove its viability.

In this new study though 30 people participated and they all had Type 2 diabetes. They started an eating regimen of 600 to 700 calories a day. They lost 14 kg on average.

Over a period of half a year, they did not regain the lost weight. Many of the participants had diabetes since some time in the past. The time span of the disease was 8 to 23 years.  

A dozen patients who had diabetes for the past decade or so managed to reverse it. Six months later they remained free of any symptoms of the disease.

A thirteenth patient was added to the list later on thereby proving the point beyond a shadow of doubt. Even though the patients had lost weight, they remained obese.

Nevertheless, the weight loss journey had done its magic and the fat had melted off their pancreas leading to a reversal of Type 2 diabetes. 

Thus all the conclusive evidence says that you can actually reverse your diabetes even if you have had it for a long time. Even those who had the disease since a very long time could improve their blood sugar levels by following the low calorie diet.

Provided that the weight is kept off, you will remain diabetes-free. The interesting fact was that despite having some fat left on the body, enough of it had melted from inside the pancreas to restore insulin production back to normal levels.

No fat developed in the pancreas to clog up insulin production. Thus this shows that everyone has what can be called a Personal Fat Threshold.

Gain more weight than you should be at and you will automatically activate diabetes. Lose it till you are at your baseline and you will reverse it. It is as simple as that. 

The study, done by Professor Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism at Newcastle University, who also works within Newcastle Hospitals, was published in Diabetes Care.

Professor Roy Taylor said: "What we have shown is that it is possible to reverse your diabetes, even if you have had the condition for a long time, up to around 10 years. If you have had the diagnosis for longer than that, then don't give up hope - major improvement in blood sugar control is possible.

"The study also answered the question that people often ask me - if I lose the weight and keep the weight off, will I stay free of diabetes? The simple answer is yes!

"Interestingly, even though all our volunteers remained obese or overweight, the fat did not drift back to clog up the pancreas.

"This supports our theory of a Personal Fat Threshold. If a person gains more weight than they personally can tolerate, then diabetes is triggered, but if they then lose that amount of weight then they go back to normal.

"Individuals vary in how much weight they can carry without it seeming to affect their metabolism - don't forget that 70% of severely obese people do not have diabetes.

"The bottom line is that if a person really wants to get rid of their Type 2 diabetes, they can lose weight, keep it off and return to normal.

"This is good news for people who are very motivated to get rid of their diabetes. But it is too early to regard this as suitable for everyone. That is a separate question and a major study is underway to answer this."

The diet used to reverse Diabetes

  •     3 diet shakes per day and 240 grams of non-starchy vegetables taking in between 600 and 700kcal a day for 8 weeks
  •     volunteers then gradually returned to eating normal food over the next two weeks with very careful instruction on how much to eat
  •     volunteers were seen once a month and supported with an individualized weight maintenance programme over the next 6 months
  •     to keep weight steady after the weight loss, they were eating around one third less than before the study

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