The food we eat today, along with our sedentary lifestyle, is not only making us fat but putting us at risk of Type 2 diabetes — and it’s one of the greatest epidemics of our time.
More than 4 million Britons now have this disease, while one in three adults has raised blood sugar levels that can lead to diabetes, yet most don’t know it.
hen you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset diabetes), you’re advised to accept it as a lifelong disease that may require oral medications and—for 50% of people with type 2 diabetes—insulin within 10 years.
But what if that wasn’t the case? What if you could follow a strict low calorie diet for 2 months and get rid of your diabetes forever? Well, for some of you, it’s possible. Here’s what you need to know.
- From looking at people who have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery, it’s been found that a return to normal glucose control is possible after weight loss in some people with type 2 diabetes. After bariatric surgery, remission of diabetes occurs in 80% of people. There’s a new study from the journal Diabetes Care that looks at just that question.
- very low calorie diet (VLCD) for 8 weeks; a stepped return to intake of normal food over 2 weeks; and a weight maintenance program over 6 months. Not surprisingly, weight fell on average 15 kg (33 pounds) over the 8 weeks and much of this weight loss was sustained after 6 months