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Is Diabetes Reversible With Diet And Exercise

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Type-2 Diabetes Has A Secret: It’s Perfectly Reversible. Here’s How To Get Rid Of It

Carlos Cervantes used to suffer from severe diabetes. His low point was 2011, when he had a heart attack, his kidneys started failing him and he was facing a foot amputation because of a toe-to-ankle ulcer. ‘I had pretty much figured that my time was up,’ he says. Then he stumbled on a news clip about a study at Newcastle University. In it all 11 subjects had their type-2 diabetes reversed after following a very low-calorie diet — that is, just 600 calories a day for eight weeks. So Cervantes gave the diet a try. His blood sugar dropped to a normal level, his symptoms vanished and he was returned to good health. The mechanism is simple. Type-2 diabetes is caused by a build-up of fat stopping the pancreas from producing the insulin we need. Restricting calories to a very low level means we can burn off this fat, allowing the pancreas to start working normally again. Cervantes’s success story is one of many. Professor Roy Taylor, who led the Newcastle trial, says ‘over 100’ people around the world have contacted him to say they have tried the diet and got rid of their own type-2 diabetes. Now, together, with Professor Mike Lean, he is leading a five-year study to determin Continue reading >>

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  1. Evie

    I heard one cannot reverse diabietes. But it's a bit confusing to me. If I control my diet and my blood sugar level is back in the normal range, does that mean I still have diabetes? In what way is diabetes not reversible? Thanks!

  2. jpg391

    Evie:
    I heard one cannot reverse diabietes. But it's a bit confusing to me. If I control my diet and my blood sugar level is back in the normal range, does that mean I still have diabetes? In what way is diabetes not reversible? Thanks!
    Yes, you still have diabetes even if your blood sugar is back in the normal range. The genetic issue associated with type 2 diabetes is still there. I hope that some day that there will be a cure for all forms of diabetes.

  3. miss-b-haven

    I think using the term "reverse" can be confusing. Some people take it to mean that they are no longer a diabetic. I prefer the term "control". If I returned to the same diet and low exercise lifestyle I had before, those BG numbers would definitely rise. By maintaining what I am doing now I'm able to keep my BG down.
    Karen
    diet and exercise

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