For those of you who don't feel like googling, there is a diet cure for type 2 diabetes implemented by the Newcastle University.
Basically, it is a short-term (as short as 11 days) low-calory (600 calories) low-carb diet based on green vegetables and Optifast milkshake for additional nutrients. No meat, fish, dairy or fat. Nothing else.
I am contemplating on doing it for two weeks, then adding fat and protein.
I am not keen on Optifast milkshake and do not want to incorporate it.
So, what do you think?
Thanks in advance :)
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on August 09, 2013
at 03:48 AM
The study actually happened quite a while ago. It was controversial but was groundbreaking since it was really the first confirmed case of diabetes reversal. No, we're not talking about the End of Diabetes like Dr. Fuhrman says -- i.e., maintain normal BG by being on a legume-based diet. We're talking about actually reversing glucose intolerance after ingesting 75 grams of carbs.
These were all confirmed diabetics. It is true that they were all recently diagnosed. So their diabetes hadn't progressed too far.
You're supposed to stress the system ... the Newcastle study talks about removing the fat from the inner organs: liver and pancreas. No one knows the exact mechanism but I wouldn't be surprised if the weight loss resulted in the suppression of postprandial ghrelin and BCAAs. This happens when you undergo gastric bypass/lap band surgery, which also reverses T2 diabetes.
Those are the only 2 confirmed cases of diabetes reversal in human history: (1) the "shock and awe" starvation diet for recently-dxed diabetics and(2) lap-banding for T2 diabetics in deteriorating conditions. Why knock it? Yes, ideally, they should be followed by a lifestyle reversal which will keep them from becoming diabetic again. But it's the mechanism that we're after, not whether they should adopt Paleo or VLC or SAD.
on August 08, 2013
at 10:46 AM
They went on a crash diet in the short term (8 weeks, not 11 days) and lost weight, which 'cured' the diabetes. It seems counterintutive to me that this is a cure. They lost weight quickly, then beta cell function returned... What's going to happen when they stop eating a starvation diet? If they have a crappy lifestyle or even eat well the crash diet could predispose them to weight gain and then diabetes all over again. In which case I question if this can really be considered a cure if following the study ppl might contract it again. Short term amelioration yes? Long time cure no.
This is my thinking at the moment...
on August 08, 2013
at 04:46 PM
I would have to read the original study to come to a conclusion. I need to see statistics and I need to know the demographics of the population.
Okay, now that I have read the article. First problem: This sample size is too small. 11 people? and of that 2 were women? This study isn't even statistically significant. But then again, Freud came up with a theory for children that is still practiced today and never studied a single child. Second issue: I noticed is that 2 of the 11 people regained their diabetes and there was an average of a 7-8 pound weight gain after three months. What bothers me is that the authors don't say why. We can only assume that their habits reverted back before the intervention. Who were the two? Was it the women? That could have implications. Lastly, I agree with their limitation about length of diabetes diagnosis was 4 years. So, they are saying that if you have had diabetes for more than 4 years, they cannot promise that this will work. The diet seems to consist of vegetables, liquid diet formula, some supplements, and some water or energy free beverages. It would make sense that you would lose weight. However, did this study account for all the causes? Nope. They just focused on weight. I gotta get off my soapbox or I'll go on and on. The point is I would wait until there is a larger study. They only did a 4 month followup. What happens after 12 months? 24 months? Where are these people!!????
on August 08, 2013
at 10:55 AM
What level of hell are you currently living in VB to make you want to try this? I know you've spoken before of differing aliments you???ve had, but, what is still happening that you think this may help to correct?