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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

December 14, 2015 by  
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non-starchy vegetables in crates

In 2011 a Newcastle University study examined 11 people with type 2 diabetes. Under close medical supervision, their caloric intake was limited to 800 calories per day for 8 weeks. 600 of those calories were from 3 Optifast shakes a day, and the remaining 200 were from non-starchy vegetables. When the 8 weeks was over, the participants were coached on portion control, healthy eating, and healthy exercise. After 3 months, 7 of the 11 people had been declared free of diabetes and no longer required medication.

This study came about after researchers noticed a pattern in diabetic patients after having gastric bypass surgery. In many of the patients, fasting blood sugar levels and insulin production returned to normal within 8 weeks of the surgery. After significant weight loss, the body was able to remove fat around the liver and pancreas. Just losing one gram of fat around the pancreas was all that was necessary to restore normal function to the organ. After blood sugar levels returned to normal the β-cells in the pancreas were able to heal and resume normal insulin production. Insulin resistance was also decreased, which meant the pancreas no longer had to work overtime to produce more insulin.

Not all diabetics are the same, and rapid weight loss may not reverse all diabetic conditions. Many people are unaware that there are 16 different types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes brought on by excess fat around the pancreas and liver may be reversed by rapid weight loss. It is imperative that you discuss any changes in diet and exercise with your doctor to be sure that you are healthy enough for such a drastic cut in caloric intake.

Here is a chart of non-starchy vegetables and their caloric values. While going from a diet of over 2,500 calories to only 800 calories is an incredibly hard undertaking, choosing the right vegetables can be a big help. If you are only allowed 200 calories from food a day, you might as well get the most bang for your caloric buck. Most of the vegetables below are either raw or boiled with salt and drained.

chart of non-starchy vegetables and their calories

A daily intake of only 200 calories could be:

A salad of 1/2 cup cucumbers, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 2 cups salad greens, 1/2 cup tomatoes, and 2 tbl balsamic vinegar.

And a plate of cooked vegetables including 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup green beans, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1/2 cup spaghetti squash, and 1 tbl of butter.


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