Like many diabetics, Paul north face plasma thermal Dolby’s consultant was keen for him to lose weight, in order to gain better control of his condition.
In June, he was 15st 3lb and at 5 ft 10 in, officially obese. The goal was for him to shed a stone by Christmas. But Paul hasn’t just achieved this — he’s shed 2 st 4 lb. Not only this, but his diabetes has improved so much that he no longer needs to inject himself with insulin twice a day and is on minimal medication to control his condition.
Paul’s health has been transformed by a radical diet of meal replacement drinks and unlimited vegetables.
The diet was developed by researchers at the University of Newcastle to tackle type 2 diabetes — with impressive results.
In the eight-week study involving 11 patients, all reversed their type 2 diabetes (they didn’t need medication any more). Three months later, seven patients were diabetes-free. ‘My wife Elizabeth was watching a TV news report about the diet and realised it might be suitable for me,’ says Paul, 49, who lives in Mold, North Wales.
‘I’d developed diabetes in 2005 and had been injecting insulin twice a day since 2007.‘For reasons I couldn’t quite fathom, I’d also gained more weight since being diagnosed as a diabetic, even though I’d made steps to improve my diet. ‘As I’d given up smoking last year, I figured I had the willpower to give this diet a go.’More...20 years of migraines cured by a pacemaker in my tummy
Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 2.6 million Britons and if left untreated, it can cause nerve damage, loss of sight and even death.
An NHS report published earlier this month revealed that up to 24,000 people with diabetes are dying each year from causes that could be avoided through better management of their condition. Diabetes is caused by too much glucose in the blood, either due to the pancreas not producing gotham jacket mens online enough insulin — the hormone which mops up glucose — or because the body is no longer responsive to it, known as insulin sensitivity. 'As I'd given up smoking last year, I figured I had the willpower to give this diet a go,' said Paul
Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes because the body’s cells become less responsive to the effects of insulin. The usual treatment for type 2 diabetes is diet and lifestyle changes and taking metformin, a drug that boosts the amount of insulin taken up by the cells. In more severe cases, patients need to inject themselves with insulin. It’s now widely accepted that gastric surgery can reverse type 2 diabetes.
This is because the surgery seems to trigger hormonal changes which kick-start the pancreas, causing it to release more insulin almost instantly. Meanwhile, the body’s cells also become more sensitive to insulin — as a result patients no longer need medication. The new study showed that a low-calorie diet could have the same effect.
As Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at the University of Newcastle, who led the study, explains: ‘It’s now clear that type 2 diabetes is caused by abnormal fat storage. If you are eating more than you burn, then the excess is stored in the liver and pancreas as fat. ‘On this diet, the mechanism is similar to what happens after bariatric surgery — the body is suddenly in negative calorie balance, so it calls on its own reserves of fat.‘The fat used first is that around the pancreas and liver. This north face coats outlet means the pancreas is given a chance to start working again.’ In the new study, which was done in conjunction with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, patients were given three meal replacement drinks a day (the brand was Optifast, but this is not available in the UK) and 250g of non-starchy vegetables.
Alcohol was banned, while patients were encouraged to drink three litres of water a day. The fact that the diet seemed to reverse diabetes is what made it so appealing to Paul.