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Could a change of diet Reverse Diabetes?
We're fatter and unhealthier than ever – and one of the consequences is a soaring rate of type 2 diabetes. The condition affects nearly six million people in the US and UK and costs the NHS $10.5billion annually, an amount expected to double in the next five years.
Yet it's now being claimed that with the right diet, thousands of patients could effectively "cure" themselves, without the need for drugs. Check out this video report Click here:
All doctors advise using diet to help lower blood sugar, but what makes the new claim so controversial is the idea that the right sort of diet can actually reverse diabetes, cutting out the need for drugs altogether.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body becoming resistant to the hormone insulin, resulting in a gradual rise in blood glucose levels. People who are overweight and not physically active are more at risk, particularly those with lots of fat around the abdomen. Click here:
Longer term, the condition can lead to greater risk of heart attacks, kidney damage, blindness and damage to blood vessels in the legs and feet, which may even have to be amputated.
There are several drugs that boost insulin production – but when these stop working, patients have to inject themselves with the hormone itself.
One of the leading proponents of the new dietary approach is Dr Fedon Lindberg, a Norwegian endocrinologist who has treated more than 18,000 diabetic patients in his four clinics in his home country.
"My experience with type 2 diabetic patients is that a balanced low-glycaemic diet coupled with a healthy lifestyle can reverse the disease," he says. Click here:
"We have had many patients coming to us who were injecting high doses of insulin, as many as 200 units daily, who have managed to quit insulin and come off medications for blood pressure and other conditions."
One of his patients, Hannermor Hultqvist, a retired nurse, weighed 190 pounds and was injecting 150 units of insulin a day when she arrived at Dr Lindberg's Oslo clinic.
"I'd had type 2 diabetes for ten years and I was following the official low fat diet advice," she says.
"Within eight months of following Dr Lindberg's recommendations, I stopped taking insulin. Now I've lost 70 pounds and my blood sugar is normal.
"When I first told my doctor about the clinic and said I would probably be able to stop having insulin injections, he said he would eat his hat if that ever happened. He never has, even though I have given him several serving suggestions!" Click here: