Saturday, 10 August 2013

Man cures his diabetes in 11 days with 'starvation diet'

A MAN has told how he reversed his diabetes in 11 days after embarking on a “starvation” diet.
Richard Doughty, a fit 59-year-old, was shocked when a routine health check revealed he had Type 2 diabetes.
“I was stunned,” he said. “I have always been a healthy weight, 5ft 7in and 10st 7lb. I had no family history of diabetes, ate a healthy diet, never smoked and I did not
have a sweet tooth.”Researching on the internet, he found Newcastle University scientists had devised a low-calorie diet said to reverse diabetes in eight weeks. It involved eating 800 calories a day – a man’s recommended intake is 2,500.
This was made up of 600 calories from meal replacement shakes and soups and 200 calories from green vegetables, plus three litres of water a day. The diet was devised by Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle.
green vegetables, diet, diabetes
It is based on the fact that Type 2 diabetes is often caused by fat clogging up the liver and pancreas, which are crucial in producing insulin and controlling blood sugar.
Professor Taylor’s studies show that drastic dieting causes the body to go into starvation mode and burn fat stores for energy – and the fat around the organs seems to be targeted first.
This leads to the liver and pancreas becoming unclogged and insulin and blood sugar levels returning to normal.
I stuck to the diet for 11 days and reduced my blood sugar to a healthy non-diabetic level
Richard Doughty
With the consent of his GP, Londoner Mr Doughty, who works in the media, followed the diet, setting a target weight of 8st 12lb.
He said: “Surviving on a soup, two shakes and green veg wasn’t easy.” But the weight dropped off, and tests proved he had reversed the condition.
“I stuck to the diet for 11 days and reduced my blood sugar to a healthy non-diabetic level,” Mr Doughty added. “It has remained that way for the past year and I have kept to just under 9st.”
Professor Taylor said: “While it has long been believed that Type 2 diabetes will steadily get worse, we have shown we can reverse the condition.”

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