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Scientists May Have Discovered Way To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Can type 2 diabetes be cured? A very low-calorie diet may be able to reverse the disease, according to a new report. Researchers from Yale University recently conducted an experiment, published in the Cell Metabolism journal, to determine the link between a calorie-restricted diet and the illness. To do so, they examined rats with type 2 diabetes. They fed them very low-calorie diets, defined as one quarter their normal intake. Within just three days, scientists noticed three significant changes that contributed to lowering blood glucose concentrations. It decreased the conversion of lactose and amino acids into glucose, reduced the rate of liver glycogen conversion to glucose and lowered the fat content, which is known to improve the liver’s response to insulin. "Using this approach to comprehensively interrogate liver carbohydrate and fat metabolism, we showed that it is a combination of three mechanisms that is responsible for the rapid reversal of hyperglycemia following a very low calorie diet," lead author Gerald I. Shulman said in a statement. Now researchers hope to investigate whether this method could yield the same findings for humans with type 2 diabetes. "These resul Continue reading >>

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  1. Catherine_h

    I have been diagnosed just a year now and am pleased to say life is starting to feel normal again.
    Recently, I have been thinking about before I was diagnosed and have realised that I had lots of symptoms of type 1 diabetes including athletes foot, thrush, palpations, quick breathing, tiredness, thirst and weight loss. My GP, hospital etc missed the diabetes mainly due to my age (42) - luckily I found this forum and the kind people here probably saved my life!
    When I was at last diagnosed my blood sugar was 51 and I was very ill.
    Does anybody know how long it takes for Type 1 diabetes to develop? I’m just curious as to how long I had the problem before I knew!

  2. jopar

    It's hard to say really how long anybody is diabetic before dignoises of the problem...
    As most T1 diabetics are dignoised when they've reached crisis point, so nobody really knows at what point the pancreas starts failing and how quick it actually fails... A lot of T1's who are dignoised as adults will say similar to you, that they suffered niggly health problems several months before hitting crisis point...

  3. phoenix

    They think LADA can take up to 6 years before needing insulin. (and I have heard of longer). I'm convinced that I started developing it over 3-4 years before I was eventually diagnosed in much the same state as you were.

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