A cure for diabetes (type 2)

There was chatter in the club last week about media headlines claiming a cure for type 2 diabetes. The Lancet study behind the headlines claimed to have provided the first evidence from a randomised trial that diet could put diabetes into remission. Those of us in the real food/managed carbohydrate world were puzzled, as we have been aware of published evidence in this arena for some time.  Many of us have also personally reversed type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change and/or seen this happen in loved ones.

You can see my full review below. I go through the key evidence that preceded this recent study and the main results from each of these previous trials.

The Lancet study involved 306 people from 49 primary care practices (GP surgeries) in Scotland and the Tyneside region of England. The people were 20-65 years old and had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the previous 6 years. They had BMIs in the range 27-45 kg/m2 and were not taking insulin.

The most important things that we need to take away from The Lancet study are:

1) The intervention involved the removal of diabetes and blood pressure medications on day 1. This means that it is now known (if it were not before) that people with type 2 diabetes can be taken off medication and that type 2 diabetes can be managed with diet. The real food/managed carbohydrate community has been saying this for years.


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