SIMPLE TREATMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES WITH A LOW-CALORIE DIET IS SO EFFECTIVE THAT IT REVERSES THE DIS
A “revolutionary” treatment plan for type 2 diabetes has made the British National Health Service (NHS) very active as they position themselves to adopt a new standard of treatment.
The course of treatment consists of a liquid diet of 800 calories to be taken in the form of a soup or a shake daily for a period determined according to the time elapsed since the patient developed type 2 diabetes.
Groundbreaking research was born out of Newcastle University which seems to have stuck a pin in many of our hypotheses about type 2 diabetes, as well as proven almost beyond a shadow of a doubt that type 2 diabetes is actually reversible, especially in new patients.
Treatment is essentially a prescription for reduced calorie intake – a potential intervention that has shown incredible results for many different conditions.
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The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) recently published these results as a way to demonstrate the enormous potential of DiRECT as a general treatment plan.
A third of all people in the trial were free from diabetes at 2 years of age. About three-quarters of all those who were in remission at 1 year remained in remission at 2 years. In addition, the group that embarked on rapid weight loss had fewer serious medical problems in the second year of DiRECT.
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
Official NHS statistics put the number of Britons with type 2 diabetes at 4 million and are increasing. In the United States, the CDC reports that 1 in 10 Americans, or about 30 million people, have diabetes, 90% of which is type 2. Many people remain undiagnosed for years.
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Recent studies by Professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor of Newcastle University have shown that type 2 diabetes is triggered by fat spills. These fat spills, which came from the liver, went to the nearby pancreas where they wreaked havoc on the organism’s efficiency in producing insulin.
Insulin is necessary to instruct your cells to absorb excess carbohydrates that circulate in your body after a meal rich in carbohydrates or sugar.
“The liver fat, surprisingly high in type 2 diabetes, is falling back to normal,” says Dr. Taylor in an interview with Medscape. “The fat in the pancreas comes down gradually, gradually, and the pancreas recovers gradually, gradually. And it’s amazing because we always thought that the pancreas would inevitably go down in type 2 diabetes. “
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In April 2020, the NHS will begin testing with a liquid diet according to DiRECT research with 5,000 participants helping to test whether the program can benefit the public. If the trials are successful, the revolutionary diet will become the new standard of care in a remarkably quick time for the chronic disease that has been causing amputations, blindness and heart complications for decades.
The widely used drug, metformin, has been the standard of care for the treatment of diabetes in France since 1957 and in Canada since 1972. Illustrating the time for approval of treatment in the United States, metformin has not been FDA approved until 1994, although 5.8 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 1980.
Like all male and female science professionals, Taylor believes that more research is needed before liquid diet intervention is widely prescribed.
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“We have to follow this group,” said Taylor. “We follow them for a total of 2 years in the good randomized controlled trial.”
“We have funds to follow the participants of the intervention group for a total of 3 years. And we asked for additional funding because we need to see what happens to these people over time. “
But, he admits it is “comforting” to hear all the stories about the remissions. “It is about being individual and helping people to regain this state of relative health and happiness. And it seems to be happening in quite a few people who can do it. “