If you have type 2 diabetes, you might be able to reverse your condition by eating a very low-calorie diet. And if you keep your weight down, you might be able to keep your diabetes from coming back.
This is the result of a study recently published in Diabetes Care. Dr. Roy Taylor, who worked on the study, stated, “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,” He also states that people who have had the diagnosis for longer than 10 years can still see a major improvement in blood sugar control.
The study looked at 30 adults who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for between 6 months and 23 years. These adults stayed on a very low-calorie diet for 8 weeks. They had three shakes plus non-starchy vegetables, staying under 700 calories a day.
The 30 participants lost an average of 31 lbs. each, almost all of which stayed off after 6 months. Forty percent saw real improvement in their fasting glucose levels and better overall glucose control. Even those with smaller reductions in their fasting glucose levels had better glucose control, even after 6 months.
The results of the study show that if people with type 2 diabetes are willing to make the dietary changes necessary to lose a significant amount of weight, they could see a real improvement in their diabetes and have better overall health.