Is This The Formula For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?
The first-year results of a clinical trial have shown that almost half of people partaking in an intensive weight management program delivered through primary care achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes without medication. The trial, which is called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), builds on earlier work by co-lead investigator Prof. Roy Taylor, director of the Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The earlier work showed that a radical change in diet can reverse type 2 diabetes. The results of the trial, recently reported in The Lancet, suggest that remission of type 2 diabetes may be achievable through intensive weight management programs supported by routine primary care. The team's findings revealed that after 12 months of radical weight management, participants lost an average of 10 kilograms (22 pounds), and that 45.6 percent of them went back to being non-diabetic without medication. 'Long-term maintenance of weight loss' focus Prof. Taylor says that significant weight loss reduces the amount of fat in the liver and pancreas so that they can start working normally again. "What we're seeing from DiRECT," he remarks, "is that losing weight isn't just linked to better management of type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission." "Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for 6 years," adds trial co-leader Prof. Michael Lean, chair of Human Nutrition at the University of Glasgow in the U.K., "putting the disease into remission is feasible." He says that their approach differs from the conventional way of managing type 2 diabetes in that it focuses "on the need for long-term maintenance of weight loss through diet and exercise and encourage[s] flexibility Continue reading >>
Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
It sounds too good to be true: reversing type 2 diabetes through exercise and healthy eating. While certain lifestyle changes are key to managing diabetes, whether you can actually turn back time so that it's like you never had diabetes is a different matter. That depends on how long you've had the condition, how severe it is, and your genes. "The term 'reversal' is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off," says Ann Albright, PhD, RD. She's the director of diabetes translation at the CDC. Shedding extra pounds and keeping them off can help you better control your blood sugar. For some people, reaching a healthier weight will mean taking fewer medications, or in rarer cases, no longer needing those medications at all. Losing 5% to 10% of your body weight and building up to 150 minutes of exercise a week may help you to slow or stop the progress of type 2 diabetes. "If you sit [inactive] most of the day, 5 or 10 minutes is going to be great," Albright says. "Walk to your mailbox. Do something that gets you moving, knowing that you're looking to move towards 30 minutes most days of the week." In one study, people with type 2 diabetes exercised for 175 minutes a week, limited their calories to 1,200 to 1,800 per day, and got weekly counseling and education on these lifestyle changes. Within a year, about 10% got off their diabetes medications or improved to the point where their blood sugar level was no longer in the diabetes range, and was instead classified as prediabetes. Results were best for those who lost the most weight or who started the program with less severe or newly diagnosed diabetes. Fifteen percent to 20% of these people were able to stop taking their diabetes medications. Continue reading >>
Diabetes Breakthrough: Type 2 'can Be Reversed In Weeks By Following This Diet'
Scientists say lifestyle driven Type 2 - a condition that almost 12 million Britons are thought to be at risk of developing - is caused by excess fat in the liver and pancreas. Findings due to be presented today have given fresh hope that the debilitating disease need not to a life sentence. They reveal that even if sufferers have been blighted for years the condition can be brought under control by sensible eating. Professor Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, said: “The good news for people with Type 2 is our work shows that even if you have had the condition for 10 years you are likely to be able to reverse it by moving that all important tiny amount of fat out of the pancreas. At present, this can only be done through substantial weight loss.” The good news for people with Type 2 is our work shows that even if you have had the condition for 10 years you are likely to be able to reverse it by moving that all important tiny amount of fat out of the pancreas Nine in 10 Type 2 sufferers are overweight or obese and do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin they produce does not work properly. Professor Taylor, who has spent 40 years studying the condition, will deliver his research to an international collaboration of experts at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon. He will claim excess calories leads to excess fat in the liver. As a result, the liver responds poorly to insulin and produces too much glucose. Excess fat in the liver is passed on to the pancreas, causing the insulin producing cells to fail. He says losing less than 1 gram of fat from the pancreas through diet can re-start normal production of insulin, reversing Type 2. And he says this remains possible for at least 10 years after the onset of the debilitating disease. Pro Continue reading >>
11 Ways To Start Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Today
Whether you have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or or you’ve been told you’re at risk, read on for 11 ways to start reversing the effects immediately. Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes – 90 per cent those of being affected by type 2 diabetes. Here’s another shocking statistic: 1 in 3 UK adults has prediabetes, the condition that precedes diabetes. As you’ll soon see on BBC One’s Doctor in the House, it is entirely possible to both prevent as well as reverse type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, a lot of the advice that is given for the condition is, in my opinion, unhelpful and misguided. Most people think of it as a blood sugar problem but this is the ultimate effect rather than the cause. WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES? Type 2 diabetes is a condition that is characterised by chronically elevated blood sugar levels. However, the main cause as well as the driver for this condition is something called Insulin Resistance. When you eat certain foods, particularly refined carbohydrates, that food is converted to sugar inside your body. Your body’s way of dealing with this sugar is to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin moves the sugar inside your cells so that it can be used for energy. Sounds great, right? Well, yes and no. When working efficiently, this is a fantastic system that helps your body to function well. But when you have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes or significant abdominal obesity, that system does not work so well. Eating too many refined carbohydrates elevates your insulin levels for long periods of time and your cells start to become resistant to the effects of insulin. Think of this a bit like alcohol. When you start to drink, a single glass of wine can make you feel drunk. Once your b Continue reading >>
Low-calorie Diet Shown To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes may not have to last forever. A clinical trial has shown that a reversal of type 2 diabetes is possible by following an extremely low-calorie diet. The trial, done at the Magnetic Resonance Center at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, looked at 306 participants recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the last six years. Half were treated using normal diabetes treatment, including medications and weight-loss counseling, while the other half were given a strict low-calorie diet with no medication. The diet was no more than 850 calories a day made up of four shakes or soups for three to five months, followed by slow reintroduction of food over two to eight weeks. The participants were also given cognitive behavior therapy for maintaing proper nutritional habits and encouraged to exercise. After a year, 24% of the diet test participants lost 33 pounds or more, while no one in the control group lost any weight. Forty-six percent of participants in the test group reversed their diabetes and went into remission, while only 4% of the control group saw their diabetes go away. Thirty-one of 36 participants who lost 33 pounds of more experienced remission. “These findings are very exciting. They could revolutionize the way type 2 diabetes is treated. This builds on the work into the underlying cause of the condition, so that we can target management effectively,” Prof Roy Taylor from Newcastle University, lead researcher in the trial funded by Diabetes UK told the Guardian. In the United States, about 30 million people have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes remission can also be achieved with bariatric weight loss surgery, but it's more expensive and risky than a change in diet. “What we’re seeing (…) is that losing weight isn’t just linked to bette Continue reading >>
Has Anyone Been Successful In Reversing Type 1 Diabetes?
The reversal of type 1 diabetes, or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), is a topic that is perpetually controversial. Many diagnosed as having IDDM are told that a cure should be available “in the next ten years”. Diabetics have been hearing these words since the 1950’s. True, the first pancreatic transplant occurred in 1966, but a cure that is available to the entire diabetes community has yet to be discovered. The work to achieve a cure for type 1 diabetes is extensive and involves a number of different approaches. Pancreatic transplants, islet cell transplants, artificial closed-loop insulin delivery systems, and targeted supplementation with extreme dietary management have all been explored. Pancreatic Transplants Transplanting the whole pancreas into a patient with type 1 diabetes has proven somewhat successful for patients who are experiencing advanced diabetic complications. Despite appearing to be a viable treatment for restoring insulin independence, the procedure itself is highly invasive (often involving the replacement of both the pancreas and the kidneys), and requires the ongoing use of immunosuppressants to protect against the rejection of the transplanted tissue(s). Islet Cell Transplants Transplanting only the insulin-producing islet cells makes this procedure significantly less invasive than a pancreatic transplant. Unfortunately, this method is limited by several factors: The technology available to obtain a sufficient quantity of islet cells (more than twice the number of donor organs are needed compared to pancreatic transplantation) Patients are also required to adhere to immunosuppressive therapy to prevent against islet cell rejection Islet cells can be transplanted into the recipient’s body either through the portal vein or Continue reading >>
The Only Way To Prevent Or Reverse Type Ii Diabetes
It has taken decades, but medical professionals are finally starting to give diet and exercise for the prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes some well-deserved attention. "... the new study can give people with the disease hope that through lifestyle changes, they could end up getting off medication and likely lowering their risk of diabetes-related complications," Reuters Health reports. The research, also featured by MedPage Today, demonstrates that diet and physical activity are the answer diabetics have been searching for. It's worth noting that I do not at all agree with some of the dietary recommendations given to the participants in this study. For example, I believe including healthy saturated fats and avoiding processed liquid meal replacements would be a wise move. The Study The researchers randomly assigned diabetic participants, who were also overweight or obese, to an intensive program of diet and exercise, in which they were urged to cut calories down to 1,200-1,800 calories per day and engage in nearly three hours of physical exercise per week. After one year, 11.5 percent of the program participants no longer needed medication to keep their blood sugar levels below the diabetes threshold. Only two percent of the non-intervention group experienced any significant improvement in their condition. Those who'd had been diagnosed with diabetes more recently saw greater blood sugar improvements on the program. Ditto for those who lost the most amount of weight and/or made the greatest progress in raising their fitness level. The lifestyle intervention group also managed to sustain their remission better over the following 3 years. The Only Way to Avoid And/Or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Amazingly, one in four Americans has some form of diabetes or pre-diabetes Continue reading >>
How Diet Shakes And Dropping Sodas Reversed Diabetes
Eric Smith comes from the part of Ohio where fizzy soft drinks are called “pop.” He also called them his beverage of choice — for lunch, dinner and snacks. So when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November 2016, Smith knew he was going to have to cut down. In fact, he cut out all sugary soft drinks and switched to water. He stopped eating fast food, white bread and other junk and, in the space of a few months, he turned around his diabetes and has normal blood sugar now. On Tuesday, a large study confirmed what Smith and other people like him have found — a strict weight-loss diet can reverse the progression of Type 2 diabetes and bring many people back to normal. “I was drinking maybe six cans of pop a day if you averaged it out,” said Smith, a 40-year-old bookkeeper. “Every meal I would have one, maybe two with lunch, two with dinner. If it wasn’t pop it was a sugary drink somewhere.” And Smith was, like so many Americans, obese. “I was up to 390,” he said. He joined the Cleveland Clinic's Lifestyle Essentials program, which includes a series of six appointments to help people learn how to improve their habits. By changing his diet and adding in just a little exercise, he’s dropped weight and controlled his blood sugar. “I am down to 345, 350 right now,” Smith said, and his blood sugar is in the normal, healthy range. It’s more evidence that weight loss alone can control diabetes, which kills more than 70,000 Americans every year. Other studies have shown that weight-loss surgery can help reverse diabetes. But that’s an extreme option. The study released Tuesday showed people can do it with diet. “If this study shows that a low-calorie diet is an effective and practical way to put Type 2 diabetes into remission, now and in the Continue reading >>
Can Diabetes Be Reversed And If So, How?
How do you define reversal? Does it mean achieving a euglycemic state without the aid of medications, in other words, remission? The answers of Jae Starr and User are essentially correct and reflect conventional wisdom. Please read them. However, let's try to take into account newer and experimental interventions as well. In obese patients, there is a remarkable remission-rate of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with bariatric surgery. In one stand-out study, between 82% to 100% of participants with diabetes who underwent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic RYGB, and Sleeve Gastrectomy had a HbA1c of less than 5% three years after surgery while off of diabetes medications (in my clinical experience, the remission rate appears somewhat lower). HbA1c, a measure of long-term glycemic control, usually has a value of less than 5.7% in non-diabetics. Of course, all surgical procedures have their attendant risks and the decision to undergo one cannot be taken lightly. Surgery for weight loss in adults. For Type 1 Diabetics, Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation is still an experimental procedure. Beta Islet Cells normally produce insulin but can be completely destroyed via an auto-immune process, resulting in insulin-dependency. In its 2010 annual report, the Collaborative Islet Transplant Registry presented data on 571 patients who received pancreatic islet allo-transplants between 1999 and 2009. According to the report, about 60 percent of transplant recipients achieved insulin independence—defined as being able to stop insulin injections for at least 14 days—during the year following transplantation. By the end of the second year, 50 percent of recipients were able to stop taking insulin for at least 14 days. However, long-term insulin independence is difficult to maintain, Continue reading >>
The 6 Stages Of Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Author's Perspective: Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that develops in stages from insulin resistance to glucose intolerance to prediabetes to full-blown diabetes. You didn't go from being a non-diabetic to being a full-blown diabetic in one jump. Similarly, in order to reverse and defeat Type 2 diabetes, it must be done in stages. You can't go from being diabetic to being non-diabetic in one jump! So, if you are diabetic and you're trying to reverse your diabetes by following a specific diabetes book or program, make sure that they explain the stages of their program. If you'e trying to reverse your diabetes on your own, make sure that you've done your homework and understand the science behind the disease, i.e. cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, pathogenesis, glycation, etc.. Most diabetes programs tell you how they're going to take you from being diabetic to reversing your diabetes by making some diet changes and exercising every day. And, 30 to 90 days later, your diabetes is reversed. Well, if it was that simple and straightforward, then, more people would be successful with reversing their diabetes. If you truly want to reverse your diabetes, you must first be able to get the disease under control; and, then, stop the progression of the disease. Once you do that, then, you can reverse the disease. Based on this understanding and how Type 2 diabetes breaks down the human body at the cellular level, I developed a 3-stage reverse diabetes program. Later, after doing more research, I expanded it to a 6-stage reverse diabetes program. During the initial stages, you focus on getting your blood sugar under control, preferably without the use of diabetic medications. Then, in the latter stages, you focus on stabilizing your blood sugar such that your fa Continue reading >>
Can Diabetes Type 2 Be Reversed? Experts Answer
It is the burning question most, if not all, people with diabetes type 2 have: can my diabetes be reversed? There is so much information, thousands of articles, home remedies that promise readers the ultimate chance to reverse their diabetes. It sounds too good to be true. However, as with all things on the net and with our health, we must be wary of what we read and what is fed to us as information. Most articles recommend healthy eating and exercising as a way of reversing your diabetes. These are two lifestyle changes that are easy to do if you put your mind into it. Does it work though? If it does, how can you go about doing this or where should you start? We reached out to 28 experts in the field who spilled the beans to us about the reversal of diabetes type 2 and whether it is a myth or a reality. To find out more, please keep reading. 1. Cheryl Orlansky RDN LD CDE Diabetes is a progressive disease however it CAN be reversed. Bariatric surgery results have proven that losing weight in morbidly obese patients with Type 2 Diabetes reverses the disease state. Bariatric surgery outcomes have been studied over 10 years with lower rates of mortality and morbidity. Bypass surgery patients normalize blood sugars within days of the procedure. Other factors may play a role in this disease reversal such as; less food intake, hormonal system changes such as the incretin system, possible malabsorption of nutrients and others are being researched besides weight loss. Diabetes Care; May 2017, 40(5) Many patients with Type 2 diabetes can manage their disease with lifestyle factors very well without medication and are very well controlled. Patients with Type 1 diabetes will always have Type 1 and will always need a sufficient supply of exogenous insulin. At this time, there is no Continue reading >>
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. Roy Taylor, a researcher at Newcastle University and one of the authors of the paper. If the people in this study regain the weight, "then it is certain that the diabetes will come back." Dr. Sona Shah, an endocrinologist at NYU Langone Health, said that doctors knew that if a person lost between 5 to 10 percent of their weight, it could help improve their HbA1c levels. “I’ve seen that many times in many of my patients.” “It gives more evidence and credibility to what we’ve been doing,” she said. "If we can get them controlled by lifestyle alone, I think that’s a huge goal for m Continue reading >>
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Tweet Reversing diabetes is a term that usually refers to a significant long-term improvement in insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes that are able to get their HbA1c below 42 mmol/mol (6%) without taking diabetes medication are said to have reversed or resolved their diabetes. This also known as putting diabetes into remission. Loss of body weight can be particularly beneficial in helping to reverse the progression of diabetes. With time and dedication, type 2 diabetes can be reversed and the results can be very rewarding, with less tiredness and better all-round health. If you think you need to come off your diabetes medication, ensure you speak to your healthcare team before doing so. Understanding how diabetes progresses The most common cause of type 2 diabetes is obesity-related, which generally follows a vicious cycle pattern: Diet high in calories -particularly if high in refined carbohydrates. Insulin levels in the bloodstream rise to cope with the high- and quick-acting carb intake. Weight is gained around the belly (central or truncal obesity). Consistently high insulin levels lead to the body’s cells becoming resistant to insulin and commonly lead to weight gain. High insulin levels also increase weight gain. Insulin resistance leads to an increase in blood sugar levels, particularly after meals. The pancreas produces more insulin to cope with rising blood sugar levels. High sugar levels lead to feelings of lethargy and high insulin levels lead to increased hunger. Hunger often leads to overeating and lethargy, with less physical activity being taken. Overeating, less activity and high insulin levels all lead to further weight gain and more insulin resistance. Consistently high demand on the pancreas to produce ext Continue reading >>
Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
If you have prediabetes, you can reverse that too! Sugar Spilling Over Put very simply, Type 2 Diabetes is a disorder where our body cannot adequately process the sugars we cram into it. Though some of us are more genetically predisposed to this condition, our heavily processed Standard American Diet, jam-packed with processed grains and sugars, places a massive strain on our pancreas and cells. Eventually, the sugar-processing systems of our body give up, resulting in high insulin resistance and high blood glucose. Then begins the lifelong struggle of “managing blood sugar levels” with medications. Unfortunately, these medications do little to fix the sugar overload problem – all they do is mask it. Type-2 Diabetes is an environmentally-driven condition – only diet and lifestyle will reverse it, not medications which only treat the symptoms. So, can you reverse type 2 diabetes? Yes, you sure can! Lets dig in to find out ways on how to reverse type 2 diabetes. Eliminate The Cause The might of the processed food lobby can be gauged from the fact that American Diabetes Association while promoting a careful watch on fats and the glycemic index of foods (the speed at which different foods turn to glucose in our body), does not have much to say about processed carbs. They advocate keeping blood sugar balanced, through regular carbohydrate intake, that is then dealt with by medications which have side effects when used over the long term. Why would we not just take away the cause, take the load off the pancreas, allow the body to heal itself back to balance and do away with the meds? 3 Steps to Freedom! If T2D is a disease where our body can’t eliminate the heavy load of sugars from our diet effectively it stands to reason that the way out should be simple enough. R Continue reading >>
How To Reverse Diabetes Naturally
According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes. That’s almost 10 percent of the U.S. population. And diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, causing, at least in part, over 250,000 deaths in 2015. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to reverse diabetes and the diabetes epidemic in America. Type 2 diabetes is a dangerous disease that can lead to many other health conditions when it’s not managed properly, including kidney disease, blindness, leg and food amputations, nerve damage, and even death. (1) Type 2 diabetes is a completely preventable and reversible condition, and with diet and lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting the disease or reverse the condition if you’ve already been diagnosed. If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with diabetes symptoms, begin the steps to reverse diabetes naturally today. With my diabetic diet plan, suggested supplements and increased physical activity, you can quickly regain your health and reverse diabetes the natural way. The Diabetes Epidemic Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions, and the latest statistics revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, including the 7.2 million people who weren’t even aware of it. Diabetes is affecting people of all ages, including 132,000 children and adolescents younger than 18 years old. (2) The prevalence of prediabetes is also on the rise, as it’s estimated that almost 34 million U.S. adults were prediabetic in 2015. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are above normal but below the defined threshold of diabetes. Without proper int Continue reading >>