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8 Weeks On A Strict Diet May Get Rid Of Diabetes

When 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. What changed? 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. So, what about after any sharp decrease in calorie intake? There’s a new study from the journal Diabetes Care that looks at just that question. What did the people in this study do? This study was comprised of three phases: a 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 wei Continue reading >>

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  1. owlright

    Getting rid of ketones?

    Anyone have advice for helping to get rid of ketones in the urine. I'm definitely not dehydrated - I drink a ton of water each day, completely avoid caffeine, and haven't been throwing up much or at all lately. My blood sugar is not high, completely within GD guidelines. So I'm thinking that the ketones must be from not getting enough carbs.
    I am eating as much as I can. I haven't had much of an appetite since becoming pregnant, but beyond that, I have delayed gastric empyting and severe reflux - so I really can't get more into my stomach. If I try for more volume of food, it will come back up.
    Suggestions for foods that have a bit more carbs without a ton of volume, and something that is less likely to spike my BS (I know this is individual).

    Relevant is that my GD is probably a result of long-time steroid use - going off the pred is not a possibility. I'm supposed to be trying to take in 175 g of carbs a day for the pregnancy. Right now I am making it to 100 on a good day (todays total is 89), and that is even with a late night (1 am) snack. My blood sugars are what I would consider to be good - has been between 78 and 85, and 2 hours pp has been between 93 and 117,

  2. mollythed

    I'm not used to thinking in terms of GD, but it seems to me that the ketones with lower blood glucose mean you are burning body fat instead of food for energy. Why not add more protein or fat instead of carbs? Does gastroparesis make that difficult?

  3. owlright

    Mollythed:

    I'm not used to thinking in terms of GD, but it seems to me that the ketones with lower blood glucose mean you are burning body fat instead of food for energy. Why not add more protein or fat instead of carbs? Does gastroparesis make that difficult?
    True - the ketones are likely a product of burning fat instead of food. Which would not be a horrible thing, generally, but most docs want you to avoid ketones, regardless of the cause, during pregnancy. There are some studies that say that they can have negative effects on the baby.

    If increasing other fat and protein will make them go away, I can probably swing that - at this point everything suggested to me has been that I need to eat more carbs. It is ok for me to lose a little bit of weight, because I'm overweight, but right now I'm losing at a rate that they are worried about.

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