Type II Diabetes Cure Without Medications?
Diabetes can be cured even without medication. This is what English scientists at the University of Newcastle claim. A study in type II diabetes patients showed that an eight-week diet temporarily cured the metabolic disorder.
Around one in ten adults in Germany suffer from diabetes. A good 90 percent of patients are affected by type 2. With the metabolic disease, the blood sugar is only insufficiently absorbed by the body cells. While type 2 is acquired throughout life, type 1 is innate in most cases. Here the production of the insulin that is produced in the pancreas is disturbed. While patients with type 1 diabetes have little chance of influencing the progress of their disease, type II patients can no less influence their progress and symptoms through active exercise and changing their diet. There is already overwhelming agreement among experts.
British researchers have now carried out a mini-study with diabetics who have type II. The typical symptoms of the disease include high blood sugar levels, there are often signs of fatty liver and the majority of patients suffer from obesity. In order to cure the metabolic disease, the high intake of food must be stopped, the study leader Roy Taylor explained in the medical journal "Diabetologia".
Prescribed 600 calorie diet
In the course of the study, the 14 participating subjects were prescribed a radical diet. All participants were overweight, weighed an average of 103 kilograms and had an increased BMI of 33. The calorie intake of all study participants was reduced to a daily ration of 600 calories. 510 kilocalories were consumed in the form of an oral nutrient solution. The participants consumed the remaining 90 calories with fresh vegetables. This very strict requirement could not be met by all participants. After only a few days, three test subjects left the project. The eleven remaining patients followed the diet prescription. Seven out of eleven participants showed no diagnostic signs of diabetes after completing the diet.
Overall, the diabetes diet was able to achieve a significant improvement in the general condition of all patients. The fasting blood sugar level developed positively in the first weeks. The effect of insulin on the liver had also improved significantly in all subjects. During a subsequent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a significant decrease in fatty liver could be measured. The diet had successfully reduced the fatness of the pancreas and liver. Research director Roy Taylor sees this as the main reason for the success of the study. The likelihood that success will continue depends on the future lifestyle of the patient. Other studies had already shown that a lifestyle change could have positive effects. However, most studies also showed that many would rather accept long-term medication use than change their lifestyle completely.
At the beginning of diabetes, most people initially suffer from symptoms that are not clearly assigned to diabetes. At the beginning, sufferers suffer from tiredness, visual disturbances and an accumulation of infections. For this reason, a clear diagnosis is usually made very late. (sb)
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