Type 2 diabetes has been labeled as being chronic and that lasts for your entire life. However, researchers in Canada might have found new data that could lead to the disease potentially being reversed. By reversing it, they will be able to place it in a state of remission.
The team that discovered this is based in Hamilton, Ontario and are part of McMaster University. According to their research, a combination of diet that is low in calories, exercise, and several diabetes treatments would appear to have a reversing effect on diabetes present in patients.
This type of diabetes is normally found in individual’s whose body is incapable of using insulin, which is a hormone that permits cells to naturally absorb glucose. This results in buildups of blood sugars and subsequently no energy being received by the cells.
How it was tested
The researchers have tested 83 patients that are suffering from the disease and began by separating them into 3 test groups. The first two groups have been given a metabolic intervention. This involved intensive exercise and meals that reduced their intake of calories to an average of 600 a day. Besides this, they have been given diabetes medication to ensure that glucose levels are being managed properly, and also injections with insulin before they went to sleep. The two groups that have received this treatment has been split into an eight and a sixteen-week group. The third group, which was also the control group, had received standard treatment which was given to diabetes patients normally, which consisted of lifestyle advice and methods for managing your blood sugar.
After three months, out of the 27 participants that were part of the sixteen-week group, 11 of them had their diabetes gone into partial or complete remission. Those that had been in for only eight weeks only had six people that had their diabetes go into remission. The control group only had 4 that managed to get their diabetes into a state of remission.