Everyone knows that once you get type 2 diabetes, you will have it for life – but a new study claims the condition can actually be reversed! Isn’t this a great find?
In a scientific breakthrough recently announced scientists from Newcastle University led by Professor Roy Taylor, it was claimed that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through a calorie-strict diet comprising of 600 calories a day, something that must be done for 8 straight weeks.
The study’s recommendations on this low-calorie diet banks on the premise that those with type 2 diabetes have pancreas that failed due to being overworked from a failing liver.
According to the study, when a person has plenty of excess fats, these lead to fatty liver which produces excess amounts of glucose. In turn, the pancreas has to work extra hard to produce insulin.
Aside from being overworked, the pancreas also gets coated with excess fats – leading the insulin-producing cells to fail. This leads to type 2 diabetes, previously known to be irreversible; although the condition can be managed through medication and/or insulin injection.
After spending over 40 years studying the condition, Taylor’s team concluded that losing some of the fats coating the pancreas could actually get the organ working again.
Work in the lab has shown that the excess fat in the insulin producing cell causes loss of specialised function.
The cells go into a survival mode, merely existing and not contributing to whole body wellbeing, but removal of the excess fat allows resumption of the specialised function of producing insulin.
The observations of the clinical studies can now be fully explained, and surprisingly, it was observed that the diet devised as an experimental tool was actually liked by research participants.
According to Taylor, type 2 diabetes can still be reversed up to 10 years from onset. But would this really work?
“This is great research and shows that low calorie diets can work in highly-motivated people, however, this would be difficult to implement widely for most people,” said Professor Kamlesh Khunti of the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
In other words, while this could prove to be a solution to the problem, it might not always work because people just can’t stick to the 600-calorie per day diet plan.