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Type 2 Diabetes... Is it Reversible?

A small study out of Newcastle University in the UK may change the way we think about diabetes treatment. Type 2 diabetes, previously thought to be a permanent condition, may be reversible. The findings were published in Diabetologia on June 24, 2011.

The study took 11 people who had previously been diagnosed with diabetes as adults and a control group of 11 non-diabetic adults. Over the course of 8 weeks, the diabetic adults were subjected to a liquid and non-starchy vegetable diet of 600 calories per day. The participants were closely monitored by a medical team to ensure that this dramatic diet did not adversely affect their health.

At the conclusion of the first week, all of the participants showed normal pre-breakfast blood sugar and after two weeks they were no longer showing signs of diabetes. In a follow-up three months later, after returning to a normal caloric intake and a healthier diet, 7 of the 11 previously diabetic participants were still without diabetic symptoms.

While this is a huge breakthrough for people with Type 2 diabetes, the researchers emphasized that this diet should only be undertaken with careful medical supervision. The researchers also noted that more work needs to be done in order to confirm these results.

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