New Hope For Those With Type 2 Diabetes.

Hello Peeps,

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So I am up early again today….in a world which is back to hot sunshine and lollipops, after yesterday’s numerous lightning strikes and it’s really biblical deluge of rain.

I did mention then that our weather is not boring, at the very least.

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I am sitting here in sunshine so intense that I am having difficulty seeing the computer clearly enough to do the post….it is filthy work but someone has to do it!

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There have also been promising forecasts in the medical world recently, regarding the interesting tests done by researchers who are trying to find out more about type 2 diabetes.

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There is now a hope that using a low calorie diet could help beat diabetes.

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Type 2 diabetes affects mainly 2.5 million middle-aged obese people….diabetes which leads to health problems such as heart and kidney disease, or blindness, or even needing to undergo amputations.

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It has always been assumed that with the onset of type 2 diabetes, usually described as being adult onset, there was only the option of sticking to a strict diet in the hope of delaying a worsening of the condition which would lead eventually to the need for insulin injections or tablets being prescribed for the patient.

Once it developed it was regarded as being a ‘lifetime’ medical condition.

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It is caused when the pancreas becomes unable to convert sugar to make energy, due to a decrease in the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, or to use properly that which it does produce.

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The trial had been proposed by Professor Roy Taylor, who is also the director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Unit, when he noticed that diabetes seemed to have been reversed in patients who had undergone treatments for obesity, such as stomach stapling.

The researchers at Newcastle university have been carrying out a small trial, whereby a  number of type 2 diabetics (11) consumed a very low calorie diet of about 600 calories per day.

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Amazingly enough, after only the 2 month period of the test, the volunteers were able to stop their insulin treatment because of the lowering of fat levels in the pancreas and the re-start of the normal production of insulin by that organ.

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Even at the end of the first week MRI scans showed that the fat levels in the pancreas were already returned to normal and the production of insulin starting again.

The pre-breakfst levels of blood sugar were also found to have returned to normal levels too.

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After the test, seven out of the original 11 patients were still diabetes-free, after three months.

After 18 months, of the five patients able to be contacted, there were still four who had remained free of the disease.

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Of course, this test was on a very small scale, but it is an excellent result.

However, this does not mean that sufferers should decide to enter on a similar low calorie diet without consulting their own doctor about their own particular case and it’s treatment.

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However, it is a wonderful thought that there could be the possibility of hope in the future for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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J,

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