Low-calorie diet offers hope of cure for type 2 diabetes

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 05:30 in Health & Medicine

British study finds two-month extreme diet can cure type 2 diabetes and overturns assumptions about 'lifelong' conditionPeople who have had obesity-related type 2 diabetes for years have been cured, at least temporarily, by keeping to an extreme, low-calorie, diet for two months, scientists report today.The discovery, reported by scientists at Newcastle University, overturns previous assumptions about type 2 diabetes, which was thought to be a lifelong illness.In the UK about two and a half million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, the large majority with type 2, and numbers are rising across much of the world. The condition has to be controlled with drugs and eventually insulin injections. It can cause blindness and end in foot amputation, as well as shortening life.The results of the Newcastle investigation, though the study was small, demonstrated that full recovery was possible, not through drugs but through diet.Eleven people with diabetes took part in...

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