The new ITV documentary, The Fast Fix: Diabetes, shows an experiment where five obese type 2-diabetic participants were given a liquid diet of just 800 calories a day for four weeks, half of whom ending up going into remission.
In an experiment supervised by This Morning’s general practitioner, Dr. Zoe Williams and cardio-metabolic health professor, Jason Gill, five participants were challenged to live on soups and shakes for four weeks, totaling 800 calories per day, in an attempt to cure their type-2 diabetes.
The idea is that being on such a diet would send your body into a state called “ketosis,” which makes you use your body’s fat stores for fuel rather than the glucose made from your carb intake. Each patient had to not be on insulin injections and had to lose at least two stones in order to potentially reverse the condition.
All five participants had their glucose levels, weight, and percentage of liver fat measured before and after the diet.
All participants showed significant weight loss, liver fat loss and reduced glucose levels, and two of them were told they were free of the disease.
This method would not necessarily work for people with type-2 diabetes who use insulin and/or are not overweight.
What Was This Based On?
Diabetes is one of many diseases the cure for which seemed to be bleak. However, research had recently shown promise of a dietary cure for type 2 diabetes is on the horizon.
Two small studies at Newcastle University had shown that a low-calorie diet may put type 2 diabetics into remission. In both studies, 30 and 11 type 2 diabetics were put on a low-calorie diet for eight weeks. Results showed that their liver and pancreatic fat had dramatically dropped which helped them better produce insulin again, putting them in remission. Six months after being off the diet, some of those participants were still free of the disease.
Another study by Professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor decided to use a bigger sample and test more of the long-term effects of such a diet. For this study, 306 overweight participants, aged 25-65 from all over Tyneside and Scotland and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 6 years of the study.
The participants were assigned to either a group where they’re given the currently approved medical care for Type 2 diabetes or the group where they had to follow a low-calorie diet for around 8-20 weeks. The participants were then kept in contact with the researchers, for a long-term follow up of their conditions.
This study has not been concluded yet, but there appears to be a huge potential that the cure to Type 2 diabetes can be very related to diet.