Reversing Diabetes? Caloric Restriction Is the Key

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Research has shown that hard-core calorie limitations can actually help sufferers turn the corner on Type 2 diabetes.

Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of the Caveman Diet in helping to prevent Type-2 diabetes. But what if you already have it?

One answer may be a very low calorie diet.

Caloric restriction can yield a number of health benefits. It has been shown to fight the aging process in animals, and anecdotal evidence has been promising regarding its effects on humans as well.

One area in which it appears to have considerable success is against Type-2 diabetes, which shouldn’t be surprising given the nature of that modern affliction.

Approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, with most of the Type-2 sufferers living in the developed world. It is a chronic condition, which can result in further complications such as blindness and kidney failure.

This disease is the direct result of humanity’s changing habits since caveman times. People eat more, especially food processed or otherwise unrecognizable to our ancestors, and they are far less active, causing increasing problems with excessive weight.

Why is that relevant? Essentially, diabetes is caused by insulin insensitivity to high blood glucose; it is usually associated with obesity.

Smoking, alcohol use and lack of exercise are often contributing factors as well, with genetics playing a key role, too. In many ways, diabetes puts the body in a state of accelerated aging, so it’s natural that caloric restriction would mitigate those effects.

Indeed, restricting yourself to 600 calories per day may be able to reverse Type-2 diabetes, according to preliminary research. That’s a big change from the conventional wisdom, which stated that such diabetes could be treated, and its symptoms alleviated, but not reversed.

Weight loss has always been recommended as a way to reduce risk factors, but only recently has it been put forward as a potential cure.

What is particularly encouraging is that caloric restriction works quickly. In one study, it took just one week for the pancreas to resume its normal function, and eight weeks for the condition to be reversed.

This result appears to be sustainable over time. What’s more, it could work for those who have had the condition for years as well as more recent sufferers.

Now, there is a caveat here: the right 600 calories have to be consumed. It doesn’t do any good to fight diabetes if it causes malnutrition or fails to provide the vitamins a body needs.

Medical supervision may be helpful in this regard. In any event, it’s important to establish an eating plan that ensures that every single calorie counts.

Maintaining a diet with severe caloric restriction can literally extend a person’s life span, slowing the aging process. It may be as close to the proverbial Fountain of Youth as likely exists at present.

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