Type 2 Diabetes predominantly occurs in middle age individuals. The risk of developing the disease is much higher if you are overweight.
Diabetes develops as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin to regulate glucose in the blood. Scientists are exploring the theory that fat surrounding the pancreas may be a contributing factor for the pancreas not working effectively.Type 2 Diabetes is controlled by medication in tablet form which stimulates the pancreas into secreting insulin, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise. But sufferers find that their condition steadily gets worse to the point where insulin injections are necessary.
A new study carried out by researchers at Newcastle University concluded that type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by a reduced calorie diet.
Type 2 Diabetics who took part in the trial were put on a strict 600 calorie a day diet for 2 months.The results of the study were astounding. Even during the first week – some of the participant’s blood glucose levels had returned to normal. And 3 months on – 7 out of the 11 participants no longer needed their medication and had no Diabetes symptoms.Researchers concluded that the excellent results were due to decreased fat levels surrounding the pancreas, thus allowing the pancreas to secrete normal levels of insulin.
The results of this study is exciting for type 2 Diabetics – but anyone considering going on the drastic diet would need to consult their Doctor or Diabetes Specialist nurse first.
Check your BMI (Body Mass Index) on the chart below to see whether you fall within the normal weight range: