Scientists believe they may be able to reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Jul 29, 2011

Type 2 diabetes may soon be a thing of the past

A group of researchers from Newcastle University in England have found that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by simply eating an extreme low calorie diet. This chronic disease is caused by too much glucose in the blood. It is the most common form of diabetes and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Eliminating this disease could potentially save companies millions of dollars in life insurance claims.

During a clinical trial, which included 11 people, all of the participants reversed their disease by cutting their food intake to 600 calories a day for two months. Seven months later seven of those 11 participants were still diabetes free.

"This is a radical change in understanding Type 2 diabetes. It will change how we can explain it to people newly diagnosed with the condition," said Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University, who led the study.

Experts long thought that once an individual was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes they would always have the condition and it would get progressively worse over time. This study has shown that the condition can actually be reversed. 

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