A new approach to diet that can reverse type 2 diabetes in a matter of weeks is being hailed as ‘mind blowing’ and scientists say it could overhaul the treatment of the condition.
Researchers have found that reducing carbohydrates and eating more fat has a dramatic effect which could reverse type 2 diabetes in just 10 weeks.
Obesity medicine expert Professor Sarah Hallberg of Indiana University in the United States, who led the study, said it is the first time she has seen such a drastic effect in a large group of people outside of weight loss surgery.
The study found that 89% of 238 people in the research group who had been reliant on insulin due to the severity of their type 2 diabetes were able to dramatically reduce or stop taking it.
People with type 2 diabetes who are overweight are advised to lose weight and also to follow a balanced diet but now this research suggests that carbohydrate should be reduced.
‘Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance. Carbohydrate intake is the single biggest factor in blood sugar levels,’ said Hallberg.
‘This is the first time we have seen such a drastic change in such a large group of people outside bariatric surgery. It is something we would never previously have known was possible,’ she explained.
‘I was so blown over by the results and we should now think about using this approach as a standard of care as it outperforms current treatment,’ she added.
Current guidance states there is inconclusive evidence to recommend a specific carbohydrate limit but Hallberg said this advice needs to be changed because she believes type 2 can be reversed, in many if not most situations, especially if treated early.
The results of the study, which will be finalised over the next year, have excited experts across the world. ‘This study is highly significant and suggests carbohydrates are damaging. We urgently need to conduct more studies to confirm this finding and this I hope will lead to a complete overhaul of the management of type 2 diabetes,’ said Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Obesity Forum.
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