There is increasing evidence that type 2 diabetes, in many patients, can actually be reversed. Newcastle University (UK) Professor of medicine and metabolism, Roy Taylor believes that fat surrounding the liver and pancreas is responsible for the decreased insulin production and reduced regulation of blood sugar levels found in type 2 diabetes. In a 2011 study, Dr. Taylor put 11 participants on an 500 calorie per day diet which consisted of soups, salads and weight loss shakes for up to eight weeks. At the end of the study, all 11 participants had normal blood sugar levels and apparently normal pancreas function. Three months later, seven of the 11 were still diabetes free and at 18 months, four of the patients were still free of the disease.
It makes sense of course that if weight gain is a major risk factor for diabetes, weight loss should and is considered to be a major component of diabetes management. But how does this particular diet not just control, but eliminate diabetes? The theory is that a radical diet, such as the hcg diet, sends the body into starvation mode. In starvation mode, the body begins to burn stores of fat, and the fat surrounding the organs is the first to go. A larger study, involving 280 participants will be conducted this year. The results could make an important contribution to the way diabetes is treated.