Cutting calories can put type 2 diabetes into remission

PATIENTS with type 2 diabetes can attain normal glucose levels with a very low calorie diet over just eight weeks, a researcher says.

The low-cal diet can restore normal glucose levels, reduce levels of liver and pancreatic fat, lower blood pressure and improve serum lipids, says Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University, UK.

A study presented to the CSANZ conference shows 87% of 29 people with short-duration T2DM (<4 years) achieved normal fasting plasma glucose levels after the eight-week diet, while 50% of 15 people with long-duration T2DM (>8

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