Watch Out For False Advertising About Diabetes Cures
One of my friends asked me to comment on a website claiming that insulin sensitivity can be significantly improved in only 4 days, based on an experiment with 7 diabetics.
In a controlled environment, 7 diabetic participants attended a 4-day “retreat” where they consumed a low-fat plant-based diet. In the group, 6 were Type 1 diabetics and only 1 was a Type 2 diabetic. At the end of the 4 days, all participants saw dramatic improvements in blood glucose levels and were able to lower their insulin usage. The study director claimed that the improvement was because the diet increased their “insulin sensitivity,” implying that their cells had lost their supposed insulin resistance in spite of eating more carbohydrate.
I admire these participants for achieving the results they obtained, but I am concerned about the scientific explanation of the findings. How can the director know that insulin sensitivity increased without showing that insulin resistance is actually the cause of their diabetes? And since many of the participants are Type 1 diabetics, how do their results impact Type 2 diabetics, if at all?
There are questions about this experiment that should give you pause before believing it.
First, the fact that nearly every single one of the participants were Type 1 diabetics completely negates the conclusions for this experiment as they relate to people with Type 2 diabetes. No diabetes expert has ever claimed that people with Type 1 diabetes have lower insulin sensitivity. Type 1 diabetes is the result of lack of insulin production, not reduced sensitivity of cells Continue reading