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?