Very Low Calorie Diet Reverses Type 2 Diabetes

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Very Low Calorie Diet Reverses Type 2 Diabetes

Laurence T. Gayao, MD

 

A team of researchers from Yale University have discovered that placing animals with type 2 diabetes on a very low calorie diet (VLCD) rapidly reverses diabetes. These findings collaborate the findings of a study on those who had type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery to restrict caloric intake for weight loss purposes that also showed a rapid improvement or resolution of their diabetes.

 

What is Type 2 Diabetes

 

Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes

According to a 2017 report by the American Diabetes Association one in ten Americans have been diagnosed to have diabetes or about 23 million, but there are about 7 million who have diabetes who are undiagnosed (make sure you are one of them). So, there are about 30 million diabetics in America. It has also been noted that the older the age group the greater the incidence of diabetics, for example among people who are 65 years and older it is 25% or one out of four.

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

What is Very Low Calorie Diet

The link of diabetes and diet has been long established but this study add to the growing evidence that type 2 diabetes could be reversed in many cases. How much calories per day is VLCD? The ideal diet for a non-diabetic is 1,500- 2000 calories per day, the VLCD has about 800 calories or less per day. Take note the is the ideal daily caloric intake, I know that sometimes we take more than the recommended daily amount of calories in just one meal.  One should take note that there is a restriction of the amount of calories but still there should be no compromise to taking the right amount of essential nutrients.

 

How Does Very Low Colorie Diet Help Diabetes

According to the Yale researchers VLCD resulted in dramatic lowering of the blood sugar. It was noted that this was a result three things: 1) decreasing the conversion of lactate and amino acids to sugar; 2) decreasing the conversion of glycogen to sugar in the liver; 3) decreasing the fat content, which in turn improves the liver’s response to insulin. These beneficial effects were noted after just three days on the diet.

 

Importance of Health Coach

To undertake this process, it is recommended that one work with an experienced health coach to personalize the program and supplement dietary regimen with exercise and monitor the overall progress. The aim is just not having a good blood sugar control but modify the lifestyle to have a lifetime control of the diabetes.

 

Importance of Controlling Diabetes

Why is it important to control type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is responsible for 15% of deaths in the US and is responsible for many other health problems, like coronary heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. It is one of the leading causes of premature deaths that are preventable. It has been also noted that more and more people having this problem and they project at the current rate increase there would be 1 in 4 cases of type 2 diabetics by year 2050. That is staggering amount and that would definitely put a strain in health budget.

 

Medications May Not Address the Cause

I have observed patients taking 3 to 4 medications for their diabetes and still finding no resolution to their problem. Some of these medications have been noted to be doing more harm than good. I am sure you have heard or seen some advertisements by malpractice lawyers soliciting business saying, “If you have been taking this ____ diabetes medicine and had developed this ____ problem call us.” Take note medications may control your sugar but it does not reverse the diabetes. Talk to your healthcare provider and discuss how to reverse or put to remission your type 2 diabetic disease.

If you have type 2 diabetes or someone you don’t resign to the idea that this is an incurable problem and you are consigned to life time of medications and suffer through the complications of this illness. Explore the possibility of reversing your illness and embracing a lifestyle to enhance your health.

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