Fasting Cures Type 2 Diabetes – T2d 4
While many consider Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) irreversible, fasting has also been long known to cure diabetes. In our previous post, we considered bariatric surgery. While extreme, these surgeries have proven the point that the metabolic abnormalities that underlie T2D (hyper insulinemia, insulin resistance) can often be fully reversed after a short (weeks) period of intensive treatment with bariatrics. Many early studies were done with the heavy-duty Roux-en-Y surgery, which is the heavyweight champions of surgeries. The best weight loss. The most complications. This is the surgery that has ‘Go Big or Go Home’ tattooed on its massive bicep. But even milder forms of bariatric surgery show the same reversibility of T2D. A gastric band is essentially a belt implanted around your stomach. They keep tightening the belt so that you can’t eat. If you try to eat too much, you’ll puke it all back up. Loverly. It ain’t pretty, but it sure do work. Again, long term results are kind of iffy, but short term results are pretty good. You can see the results of gastric banding versus medical treatment from the graph above. Patients randomized to the gastric band showed a significant and pretty damn good drop in their fasting blood sugars. In other words, T2D was reversing in a b-i-g way. Those given medicines alone didn’t do very well at all. Basically they stayed the same. They were no better than before. So, yes, even gastric banding these 500 pound patients with 20 years of diabesity can reverse within weeks even before the weight comes off. One of the main questions is why? There are many hypotheses – which we will consider in a later post, but it is the sudden severe restriction of all calories that causes this beneficial effect. This is the same thing as the time teste Continue reading >>
Can Short Fasts Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
Can Short Fasts Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes , a small Canadian study suggests. "The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [ type 2 diabetes ] is virtually unheard of," said Dr. Jason Fung, of Scarborough Hospital, in Ontario, and colleagues. But this trial showed that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication , the study authors said. Three men, aged 40 to 67, were taking various drugs and daily insulin injections to control their diabetes . They also had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. After a six-hour training seminar, two of the men fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, while the third fasted three days a week. On fast days, they were allowed to drink very low calorie drinks (tea/coffee, water or broth) and to eat one very low calorie meal in the evening. All three were able to stop their insulin injections within a month of starting their fasting schedule. For one man, this took only five days. Two were able to stop taking all their other diabetes drugs, while the third stopped three of four diabetes drugs, the study authors reported. The trio lost between 10 percent and 18 percent of their body weight and reduced their blood sugar levels, which may help lower the risk of future diabetes complications, according to the study. The findings were published Oct. 9 in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Because this was an observational study that included just three patients, it's impossible to draw firm conclusions about the use of fasting to treat type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. Still, the results are noteworthy, given that one in 10 Americans and Canadians have type 2 diabetes, t Continue reading >>
Type 2 Diabetes
Reversal of type 2 diabetes to normal metabolic control by either bariatric surgery or hypocaloric diet allows for the time sequence of underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms to be observed. In reverse order, the same mechanisms are likely to determine the events leading to the onset of hyperglycemia and permit insight into the etiology of type 2 diabetes. Within 7 days of instituting a substantial negative calorie balance by either dietary intervention or bariatric surgery, fasting plasma glucose levels can normalize. This rapid change relates to a substantial fall in liver fat content and return of normal hepatic insulin sensitivity. Over 8 weeks, first phase and maximal rates of insulin secretion steadily return to normal, and this change is in step with steadily decreasing pancreatic fat content. The difference in time course of these two processes is striking. Recent information on the intracellular effects of excess lipid intermediaries explains the likely biochemical basis, which simplifies both the basic understanding of the condition and the concepts used to determine appropriate management. Recent large, long-duration population studies on time course of plasma glucose and insulin secretion before the diagnosis of diabetes are consistent with this new understanding. Type 2 diabetes has long been regarded as inevitably progressive, requiring increasing numbers of oral hypoglycemic agents and eventually insulin, but it is now certain that the disease process can be halted with restoration of normal carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Type 2 diabetes can be understood as a potentially reversible metabolic state precipitated by the single cause of chronic excess intraorgan fat. Type 2 diabetes has long been known to progress despite glucose-lowering treatment, with 5 Continue reading >>
Intermittent Fasting Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests
bodyandsoul.com.au October 11, 20188:58am Planned intermittent fasting could help reverse type 2 diabetes and eliminate the need for medication, suggests a new study published in the journal BMJ Case. Doctors at Scarborough Hospital, Ontario, put three patients, aged between 40 and 67, on the diet. Prior to starting intermittent fasting, the patients were injecting at least 70 units of insulin daily, and all had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Two of the men fasted every second day for a full 24 hours, and the third fasted on three days a week. On their fast days, the patients were allowed to consume water and very low calorie drinks like tea, coffee or broth, and were allowed to eat a very low-calorie meal in the evening. On non-fasting days, the men had lunch and dinner and were encouraged to eat low-carbohydrate meals. The participants also attended a six-hour nutritional training programme before starting the diet, where they were informed on how to manage their chronic condition through diet and a healthy lifestyle. How CBA's Innovation Lab helped Diabetes Australia transform their website to drive more donations, greater retention and enabled it to reach more people than ever. Within a month, all three participants had stopped injecting themselves with insulin. Two were able to stop all their other diabetes medication, while the third dropped from four drugs to one. Additionally, their blood sugar levels, and weight and waist measurements were recorded ten months after starting the eating plan. The results showed they had lost 10 to 18 per cent of their weight (around 10-11kg), and their waist circumference had reduced by 10 to 22 per cent. The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of, the scientist Continue reading >>
Fasting Diet 'regenerates Diabetic Pancreas'
Fasting diet 'regenerates diabetic pancreas' By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website These are external links and will open in a new window The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ - which helps control blood sugar levels - reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell , says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were "potentially very exciting" as they could become a new treatment for the disease. People are advised not to try this without medical advice. In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet". It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low-calorie, low-protein, low-carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet. It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day. Then they have 25 days eating what they want - so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine. Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of ageing. But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell. These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high. Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: "Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back - by starving them and then feeding them again - the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that's no longer functioning." There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments. Type 1 i Continue reading >>
How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? Then you’ve come to the right place. The disease diabetes (any type) means that you have too much sugar in your blood. This page will show you how to best check this. You can normalize your blood sugar naturally as needed – without pills, calorie counting or hunger. Many people have already done so. As a bonus, a normalized blood sugar usually makes you healthier and leaner. Table of contents: A disastrous epidemic Two types of diabetes Normalize your blood sugar Become your own evidence A disastrous epidemic What’s wrong? Why do more and more people become diabetic? In the past, before our modern Western diet, diabetes was extremely rare. The disease is now becoming more and more common. Around the world, more and more people are becoming diabetic: The number of people with diabetes is increasing incredibly rapidly and is heading towards 500 million. This is a world epidemic. Will someone in your family be affected next? Your mother, father, cousin, your child? Or you? Is perhaps your blood already too sweet? Those affected by the most common form of diabetes (type 2) normally never regain their health. Instead, we take for granted that they’ll become a little sicker for every year that goes by. With time they need more and more drugs. Yet, sooner or later complications emerge. Blindness. Dialysis due to faulty kidneys. Dementia. Amputations. Death. Diabetes epidemic causes inconceivable suffering. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done. We just need to see through the mistake that has led to the explosion of disease – and correct it. This can normalize your blood sugar. Many have already succeeded in doing this. If you already know that you are diabe Continue reading >>
Intermittent Fasting May Put Type 2 Diabetes In Remission, Small Study Finds
During intermittent fasting, you'll avoid eating on certain days of the week or hours of the day. Could restricting your diet for a couple of days a week put type 2 diabetes in remission? Thats the controversial claim scientists of a small new study are making as they fan the fire around a diet fad known as intermittent fasting . But many health professionals, including those at the American Diabetes Association, argue that the approach can be dangerous for people with diabetes , whose bodies cannot control their blood sugar without careful diet, medication, and sometimes insulin management. In the study, published October 9, 2018, in the journalBMJ Case Reports , intermittent fasting, in which eating is limited during certain times of the day or week, reportedly helped three middle-aged men with type 2 diabetes lose weight, get off their insulin, and reduce or get off their oral medication. The problem is we dont treat diabetes as a dietary problem; we treat it with a lot of drugs, and that never addresses the root problem of the diabetes, says principal investigator Jason Fung, MD, a kidney specialist at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and author of The Complete Guide to Fasting,and The Obesity Code, a 2016 book thought to help popularize intermittent fasting . RELATED: Is Intermittent Fasting Safe for People With Diabetes? The Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Weight and Blood Sugar About 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight, according to the Obesity Society . Weight loss is a known treatment for type 2, which affects the majority of the 30.3 million people with diabetes, as it helps people with the disease reduce insulin resistance and absorb blood glucose more effectively. According to the Centers for Disease Contro Continue reading >>
Can Intermittent Fasting Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
Can intermittent fasting help reverse type 2 diabetes? A small this trial has shown that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication, according to the study's authors. Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests. "The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of," said Dr. Jason Fung, of Scarborough Hospital, in Ontario, and colleagues. But this trial showed that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication, the study authors said. Three men, aged 40 to 67, were taking various drugs and daily insulin injections to control their diabetes. They also had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. After a six-hour training seminar, two of the men fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, while the third fasted three days a week. On fast days, they were allowed to drink very low calorie drinks (tea/coffee, water or broth) and to eat one very low calorie meal in the evening. All three were able to stop their insulin injections within a month of starting their fasting schedule. For one man, this took only five days. Two were able to stop taking all their other diabetes drugs, while the third stopped three of four diabetes drugs, the study authors reported. The trio lost between 10% and 18% of their body weight and reduced their blood sugar levels, which may help lower the risk of future diabetes complications, according to the study. The findings were published October 9 in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Because this was an observational study that included just three patients, it's impossible to draw firm conclusions about the use of fasting to treat type 2 diabetes, the research Continue reading >>
5:2 Fasting Diet
Tweet The 5:2 intermittent fasting (IF) diet, more commonly referred to simply as the 5:2 diet, has become one of the more popular diet plan in recent years. Studies have shown that the diet helps with weight loss and may also reduce insulin resistance, both of which are of particular interest for many people with type 2 diabetes or borderline diabetes. One reason for the popularity of the diet is that it allows a certain amount of flexibility, in comparison to low calorie diets, on most days of the week. Theory behind the diet The idea of the diet is that short periods of fasting prompt the body to repair damage but not enter a starvation mode of conserving energy. Whilst the theory has yet to be conclusively proved, clinical studies have shown promising results for the diet, however it has only been examined over relatively short time spans, of less than a year. How the 5:2 diet works The 5:2 intermittent fasting diet is based on a simple idea. 5 days a week you stick to meeting the daily calorie intake advised for people of a healthy weight, that being: 2,500 kcal per day for men 2,000 kcal per day for women For the other 2 days each week, the diet stipulates that you have only around 25% of the values above, which is equal to: 600 kcal on these days for men 500 kcal on these days for women The fasting days can be taken at any time during the week as long as you do not take 2 fasting days consecutively. Benefits of the 5:2 diet Clinical studies have shown that the benefits of intermittent fasting are largely similar to those of a calorie restricted diets. The most commonly reported benefits among people from following the 5:2 diet: Research has shown that periods of fasting can help to improve life expectancy and decrease risks of diseases including nerve disorders, Continue reading >>
How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – Regular Meals Or Fasting?
Reversing Symptoms Via A Type 2 Diabetes Meal Plan? One of the most notable principles of the American Diabetes Association protocols on How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, is that of “spacing meals evenly throughout the day and not skipping meals.” They promote the theory that spreading out foods, especially carbohydrate-containing foods, over three meals each day (and snacks if you want them) can help maintain steady blood sugar levels. The idea behind these protocols is to avoid a drop-off of blood glucose (hypoglycemia), however, given that this disease is a condition of a lack of blood sugar regulation, keeping the sugars in the diet elevated and regular, seems contrary to what needs to occur. While these guidelines make it easy for practitioners with patients on medication to more easily monitor dosages and timing, they also keep blood sugar relatively high and do little to cure the disease or combat the underlying cause – an inability of the body to adequately process sugars. Can We Regain Sugar Control Without Medication What If We Could Retrain Our Body to Take Back Control of Our Blood Sugar, Avoid The Highs And Lows Without Medication And Settle Back Into Balance? Is reversing type 2 diabetes without medication possible? Without a doubt, the key to balancing blood glucose is through lifestyle factors: the “Diabetic Diet Plan,” exercise, sleep, good nutrient levels and manageable levels of stress. Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder and if we can let go of the unhealthy lifestyle habits that we have become accustomed to – bad dietary choices, sedentary habits, unimaginable levels of stress – and go on a “back to basics diet,” active lifestyle and a happy, positive disposition, we can reverse diabetes. While diet is key in reversing type-2 dia Continue reading >>
Type 2 Diabetes Reversal — The Quick Start Guide
Type 2 Diabetes Reversal — The Quick Start Guide How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes — The Quick Start Guide Twenty years ago, when you bought a brand sparkly new VCR machine, you would also get a thick instruction manual. Read this thoroughly before you start, the manufacturer would implore. There would be detailed setup procedures and troubleshooting guides. Most of us ignored the manual, just plugged it in and tried to figure out the rest. That’s why we all had the blinking 12:00 on. Today, most new electronics now come with a quick start guide which has the most basic 4 or 5 steps to get your machine working and then anything else you needed, you could reference the detailed instruction manual. Instruction manuals are just so much more useful this way. Well, I don’t know much about VCRs, but I do know about type 2 diabetes. I could write an entire book about obesity (oh, wait, I did that already), or fasting (oh, wait, done too) or type 2 diabetes (next up for 2018). But many of you will not want to go through the entire instruction manual. So this is your quick start guide for reversing your type 2 diabetes. A Fully Reversible Disease Most doctors, dietitians and diabetes specialists claim that type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease. The American Diabetes Association, for example, almost proudly proclaims this on its website. Once you get the diagnosis, it’s a life sentence. But, it’s actually a great big lie. Type 2 diabetes is almost always reversible and this is almost ridiculously easy to prove. This is great news for the more than 50% of American adults who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. Recognizing this truth is the crucial first step in reversing your diabetes or pre-diabetes. Actually, it something that most people a Continue reading >>
Intermittent Fasting Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes In Some Cases
Intermittent Fasting Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes in Some Cases Therapeutic intermittent fasting may help eliminate the need for insulin and other glucose-lowering medications in patients with type 2 diabetes, a new case series suggests. Findings from three cases were published online October 9 in BMJ Case Reports by Suleiman Furmli, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues. The three patients had all been referred to an intensive dietary management clinic and were taking at least 70 units/day of insulin. After several months of intermittent fasting either on alternate days or three times weekly all three were able to discontinue insulin while improving their glycemic control. They also lost substantialamounts of body weight and had reduced waist circumferences. "Medically supervised, therapeutic fasting regimens can help reverse type 2 diabetes and minimize the use of pharmacological and possibly surgical interventions in patients with type 2 diabetes," Furmli and colleagues write. The patients were given 6 hours of training on diabetes and nutrition and specific instructions for fasting. They ate only dinner and consumed unlimited very low-calorie fluids on fasting days, and ate both lunch and dinner on nonfasting days. Low-carbohydrate meals were recommended when eating meals. They followed up with the treating physician every 2 weeks. Patient 1 was a 40-year-old man with type 2 diabetes for 20 years who also had hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. At baseline he was taking metformin, canagliflozin, and long- and short-acting insulin. After fasting three times a week for 7 months, he was able to discontinue all the drugs except for canagliflozin, his HbA1c dropped from 12% to 7.5%, his weight was reduce Continue reading >>
Planned Intermittent Fasting May Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Suggest Doctors
Follow all of ScienceDaily's latest research news and top science headlines ! Planned intermittent fasting may help reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors And cut out need for insulin while controlling blood glucose Planned intermittent fasting may help to reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors after three patients in their care, who did this, were able to cut out the need for insulin treatment altogether. Planned intermittent fasting may help to reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports after three patients in their care, who did this, were able to cut out the need for insulin treatment altogether. Around one in 10 people in the US and Canada have type 2 diabetes, which is associated with other serious illness and early death. It is thought to cost the US economy alone US$245 billion a year. Lifestyle changes are key to managing the disease, but by themselves can't always control blood glucose levels, and while bariatric surgery (a gastric band) is effective, it is not without risk, say the authors. Drugs can manage the symptoms, and help to stave off complications, but can't stop the disease in its tracks, they add. Three men, aged between 40 and 67, tried out planned intermittent fasting to see if it might ease their symptoms. They were taking various drugs to control their disease as well as daily units of insulin. In addition to type 2 diabetes, they all had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Two of the men fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, while the third fasted for three days a week. On fast days they were allowed to drink very low calorie drinks, such as tea/coffee, water or broth, and to eat one very low calorie meal in the evening. Before embarking on their fasting regime, they all attended a 6-hou Continue reading >>
How Fasting Reverses Type 2 Diabetes
While many consider type 2 diabetes (T2D) irreversible, fasting has been long known to cure diabetes. In our previous post, we considered bariatric surgery. While extreme, these surgeries have proven the point that the metabolic abnormalities that underlie T2D (hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance) can be fully reversible even after a few short weeks. Many early studies were done with the heavy-duty Roux-en-Y surgery, which is the heavyweight champions of surgeries. The best weight loss. The most complications. This is the surgery that has ‘Go Big or Go Home’ tattooed on its massive bicep. But even milder forms of bariatric surgery show the same reversibility of T2D. A gastric band is essentially a belt implanted around your stomach. The surgeon keeps tightening the belt so that you can’t eat. If you try to eat too much, you’ll puke it all back up. Lovely. It ain’t pretty, but it sure does work. Again, long term results are kind of iffy, but short term results are pretty good. The results of gastric banding versus medical treatment showed a significant and pretty damn good drop in their fasting blood sugars. In other words, their T2D was reversing in a b-i-g way. Those given medicines alone basically stayed the same. They were no better than before. Gastric banding a 500 pound patient will still reverse 20 years of diabesity within weeks. One of the main questions is why? There are many hypotheses, but essentially, it is the sudden severe restriction of all calories that causes this beneficial effect. This is the same thing as the time tested, ancient healing tradition of fasting. Fasting is the voluntary restriction of food for religious, health or other purposes (eg. hunger strikes). Is bariatrics simply a surgically enforced fast? The short answer is yes. I Continue reading >>
Doctor Explains How Fasting Can Completely Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness. Hippocrates Fasting has not received as much attention as it should when it comes to the world of health and medicine. Thats because you cant really make any money off of it. The pharmaceutical science studies used in medical schools to teach doctors about human health simply dont focus enough on fasting for doctors to be knowledgable in the subject. Doctors also learn very little about nutrition and are trained to prescribe drugs as a result. Dr. Jason Fung is trying to change all that. A Toronto based nephrologist, he completed medical school and internal medicine at the University of Toronto before finishing his nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai hospital. He joined Scarborough General Hospital in 2001 where he continues to practice and change peoples lives. He is one of a growing number of scientists and doctors to create awareness about the tremendous health benefits that can be achieved from fasting. Its one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world and has been practiced for thousands of years. If properly practiced fasting was bad or harmful in any way, as some doctors suggest, it would have been known by now, and studies would not be emerging showing the health benefits that can be achieved fromfasting regularly. For example, a recent study published in the journal cell shows how a fasting diet can trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself, which works to control blood sugar levels and reverse symptoms of diabetes. Mar Continue reading >>