600 Calories Per Day A Cure For Type 2: Don’t even think about trying such a drastic diet. If you are attempting to lose weight, check with your doctor and follow his instructions to the letter. This story is written in response to the headlines from the Los Angeles Times wherein they stated: “British researchers develop ‘cure’ for Type 2 diabetes: Starve Yourself.”
In a recent British study, researchers found that 11 patients who had developed type 2 diabetes later in life and averaged at least 220 pounds were put on a doctor-supervised 600 calorie per day diet, which included a special diet drink and non-starch vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus and cabbage, for eight weeks. After one week on the diet, patients’ fasting blood sugar had returned to normal and after eight weeks, they showed no signs of type 2 diabetes. After three months of returning to a normal diet, seven remained completely free of the disease.
This was a drastic diet, but the study’s researcher stated that the end result is noteworthy: If people lose substantial weight by normal means, they will lose their diabetes; there is no need to go on a drastic diet, just lose the extra pounds and there’s a possibility that the type 2 diabetes could be reversed.
Type 1 diabetes is controlled only through the injection of insulin, proper diet and proper exercise. There is no known cure at this time for type 1 diabetes. The pancreas very simply shuts down the production of insulin because of the death of certain cells within the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot function and the person would die without the artificial insulin being injected into their body. Even with the injection of insulin, there are still fluctuations in the blood sugar levels of these individuals which over time results in harm being done to the blood vessels in the body, resulting in complications such as stroke, heart disease, blindness and limb amputations.
Type 2 diabetes is another type of diabetes wherein the body does not use the insulin that it produces properly or there is insufficient insulin produced by the body to maintain good blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes is usually developed later in life and has long been considered to be a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle – overeating, lack of exercise. Even type 2 diabetes can lead to the same type complications as Type 1 diabetes if the blood sugar levels are not maintained at as normal a level as possible.
As stated above, the type of diet used in the British study is not a diet to consider on your own. If you are thinking of losing weight for whatever reason, check with your health care provider.