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Type 2 Diabetes Reversed With Weight Loss: Super Low-calorie Diet May Cure The Disease

Update | Hundreds of people went on an extreme diet with the hopes of curing their Type 2 diabetes. For some of them, it worked. A study published in The Lancet on Tuesday chronicles a remarkable change in the health of its participants. One of the findings—that a calorie-restricted diet leads to weight loss—is hardly groundbreaking. But the effect that losing weight had on diabetes was dramatic. For nearly half of the people on the diet (86 percent of the 36 people lost more than 30 pounds), their diabetes appeared to be gone a year later. The technical term the authors used was “remission.” That term indicates that the levels of red blood cells connected to sugar molecules had fallen below a certain limit even without medication. That limit, often used as a shorthand to diagnose diabetes, is known as HbA1c. It's an indicator of average long-term blood sugar levels and may also be related to the risk of developing complications from diabetes. "'Cure' implies absolute and lasting absence of disease—such as curing tuberculosis. Remission recognises that the person is still susceptible to diabetes and emphasises that continued attention to weight control is vital," said Dr. Continue reading >>

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  1. crystal

    Unexplained weight loss and diabetes ii

    I still am losing unexplained weight. I saw my family doctor who knows little about diabetes. I need to meet my yearly insurance deductible before I can see another one out of town. I live in a small rural town and all the doctors specialize in everything but endocrinology.

  2. Triv

    Hi Crystal,
    I don't know whether or not you low-carb but during his last two teleconferences Dr. Bernstein stated "To gain weight, increase protein. To lose weight, decrease protein."
    If you aren't following a low-carb diet, of course, that advice probably wouldn't apply.
    Good luck,

  3. HarleyGuy

    You don't mention what your blood sugar levels have been, but before my diagnosis, I lost weight faster than I could eat. Reason=excessively high glucose levels, such as 350+. I think I lost 20 pounds in almost 4 weeks, maybe 3 weeks.
    Good luck to you.

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