Now this is amazing

Curing diabetes (type 2) with an 8 week diet.

The volunteers were closely supervised by a medical team and matched with the same number of volunteers with diabetes who did not get the special diet. After just one week into the study, the pre-breakfast blood sugar levels of the study group had returned to normal. And MRI scans showed that the fat levels in the pancreas had returned to normal. The pancreas regained its ability to make insulin.

After the eight-week diet the volunteers returned to normal eating but had advice on healthy foods and portion size. Ten of the group were retested and seven had stayed free of diabetes.

Taylor, the director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, had the idea for the study after it was shown that diabetes was reversed in people who had undergone stomach stapling or other forms of bariatric surgery because of obesity. \”What was remarkable was that the diabetes went away over the course of one week. It was widely believed the operation itself had done something, [that] the hormones in the gut were thought to be the cause. That is almost universally believed.\”

Taylor thought the massive drop in calorie intake after surgery could be responsible and to test this hypothesis set up the study, which included MRI scans of the pancreas to look at any changes in the fatty deposits.

It shows that (if true of course) much of what was previously believed about type 2 diabetes was wrong.

Almost as astonishing a change in the understanding of a disease as that Australian called Barry (just had to be, didn\’t it?) who showed that ulcers were a bacterial infection to be cured with antibiotics.

Of course, my Mother discovered this first. Some years back she was diagnosed as Type 2 and then a couple of years back pronounced cured. All as a result of diet. So we\’ll agree to split the Nobel then, yes?

14 thoughts on “Now this is amazing”

  1. The nobel will have to be shared with Ray Kurzweil who has been saying diet can cure type II diabetes for years. Still, always good to see the medical establishment once again caught out for making pronouncements based on incomplete science.

  2. Given that it has long been recognised that Type 2 is caused by diet, and can be eased by diet, it is remarkable that so little work has gone into finding a diet-related cure.

    Type 1 seems to be a different matter, I know a few people who would vote a Nobel for a cure.

  3. Some of your readers will know more about this than me, Tim, but I understand that HMG, a fewyears ago, started making a big deal about Type II, with extra rewards for GPs who spotted cases and fussed about them. They may also have altered the definition a bit – you know, tweaked a threshold on some test – so that a more frightening proportion of the population would be diagnosed, and decreed that once diabetic, always diabetic.

  4. Thank you, Noel.

    It all must be very intricate: being overweight or obese gives you type II and thereby kills you. But every now and again someone will publish a chart or discussion showing that the overweight live longer than those of “normal” weight and that even the people in the lower reaches of the obese range outlive the underweight.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/health/26weight.html?_r=1

  5. IIRC, and I’m just too frigging lazy to look anything up on the internets, Type II is a quantitative disease rather than a qualitative disease, that is above some certain threshold you have it, and below that threshold you don’t. The Public Health wallahs love such diseases because you can just keep moving the goalposts. Same as the whole cholesterol thing.

    Part of the problem with this is it relies on a presumption that there is an “average man” with all the correct values of statistics, and everyone should be as close to those values to be healthy, which goes back to the founder of Bad Statistics, one Adolphe Quetelet, about who I am too lazy to type any more, but to give an idea he was obsessed in an Aspergers kind of a way with the normal distribution and invented that famous statistic BMI and set up the world’s first international statistical conference.

    He wasn’t a doctor btw, but an, er, astronomer.

    Still, interesting stuff. I think we’d need to see this working in multiple experiments, and large sample groups and shit like that though before we all start ultra-starvation regimes. 600 calories? Crikey, that’s harsh.

  6. May as well also mention that some argue[citation needed] that the attempt to slim us all down by switching the western diet from fats to carbohydrates has actually been the causing of us all getting fat and diabetic.

  7. Dr Atkins of diet fame wrote about using a low-carbohydrate diet to prevent diabetes some 30 years ago, but actually ‘curing’ it seems to be a new development.

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