I just returned yesterday from a 6 week ministry trip to Ireland. While waiting for the plane to leave Dublin, I picked up a copy of the latest "Men's Health" magazine with a special edition from Britain. Inside the pages was an article concerning a radical cure for Type 2 diabetes. This was NOT just another approach to getting good control. It was a 60 to 90 day wonder cure with some proof that it can work. It is from the June 2012 issue hot off the press.
The article was entitled, "The Sugar Coated Pill" and being's on page 126 of the magazine. Apparently type 2 Diabetes is the fatsest growing disease in Britain as well as almost any country you can name at present. The article points out the obvious that those of us with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of eventuall heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness, impotence and even gangrene. Add to that, diabetic neuropathy etc. The essential problem per the article of having type 2 diabetes EVEN if it is under "Good Control" is that the longer you have the disease, the greater your ultimate risk of having serious complications.
In Britain as the population at large gets fatter, so do the statistics. The condition now accounts for 10% of all NHS spending. More that 100,000 people were diagnosed with it last year and the numbers are climbing at a rate of 275 per day, or one every 5 minutes. Scary stuff.
The article goes on to point out that in June of 2011 it was discovered that an EXTREME calorie cutting diet can bring blood glucose levels under control in only 8 weeks. At this point in time only a few dozen people have tried the diet and amazingly almost all of them no longer suffer from type 2 diabetes. The original research was done by a Newcastle University professor by the name of Roy Taylor. Taylor visited Yale University in Connecticut in 1995 to look into a special magnet used to determine the amount of fat in one's pancreas which is a signifier of type 2 diabetes. Upon arriving back home he began his own research using a similar apparatus at Nottingham, ferrying in volunteers from Tyneside. Gradually they took him seriously as he secured funding and opened his own centre. His results have shocked the world.
The premise is very simple:
IF you massively REDUCE YOUR CALORIC INTAKE.............(we ARE TALKING 600 calories a day here)........that the amount of fat stored in a person's pancreas and therefore the body's of supply of insulin will be corrected. The diet consisted of diet shakes and vegetables with zero alcohol.
Because of the extreme caloric intake reduction it is recommended that no one try this diet unless under strict medical supervision. His research and results were published in the June 2011 edition of DIABETELOGIA.
Following is a link to DIABETLOGIA-JOURNAL which is very interesting and seems to be cutting edge research into type 2 diabetes.
NONE of this surprises me as when I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a doctor friend of mine indicated that he had personally known diabetics that went under a program in America called "Medi Fast" and after 30 or 60 days on this program under strict supervision the type 2 diabetes was gone and people had went off all of their medications.
Here is a LINK to that particular program:
For those who are obese and way over their ideal weight and have not exercised regularly in years if at all and who want to jump start a program in the right direction for their health, this might be a good place to start. In addition one would have to begin and stay with an exercise program for life.
Going on an extreme low caloric diet for 60 to 90 days and then returning to your OLD lifestyle would likely NOT accomplish the desired results and may weaken your heart further in the process.
A better program for most of us I think is to lower your own caloric intake and just as importantly choose what goes into your system wisely. If you are eating 3500 calories a day now and doing little or no exercise and a large percentage of the calories you do eat come from simple refined carbohydrates and sugary foods and you are a couch potato, a program like this will not help you in the long run.
If you cut your calories by 1/3 and started walking 45 mins a day 5 or 6X weekly and doing some weight resistance exercises 4X weekly and stayed completely OFF deserts and sweets, you would be heading in the right direction and not be anxiously waiting for the 61st or 91st day so you can go back to your old eating habits.
Simply drastically cutting calories without including aerobic and weight resistance exercise is not going to work for the long term, One has to develop NEW habits to replace the old and to constantly remind yourself WHY you are making the effort.
“Life without courage is like a bird without wings; it cannot take off.”