I reported in a previous article, published on Shoppersbase, about a strict, low calorie diet that could kick start the body into producing insulin in Type 2 diabetics. The 600 calorie a day diet, dramatically reduces the amount of fat in the pancreas and subsequently allows normal insulin production. The problem with this new research, carried out by Professor Roy Taylor and published in the Diabetologia Journal, is that it was only carried out on eleven patients and as such, further studies are needed. Another problem is that the diet itself is very difficult to follow. A typical daily calorie intake for a man is around 2500 calories and for a woman 2000. Trying to maintain an extreme low calorie diet of only 600 calories can lead to unpleasant side effects such as dizziness, headaches, mood swings, lethargy and feelings of weakness. To put it into context, a 600 calorie diet is more suited to a 4 month old baby, and patients have to maintain this for several weeks at a time.
There may be a more simpler and easy to follow way to cure diabetes, by pursuing a healthy eating regime which does lead to weight loss and does include a low-calorie diet, but not to the extreme as the 600 calorie one. Further studies and research have shown that there are several ways to help reduce fat in the pancreas, thus lowering the amount and assisting in the production of insulin. I have listed them for you below:
- Try to always get a good nights sleep. Accordingly to the University of Chicago, poor quality sleep can raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes as it interrupts the body’s metabolism and reduces its ability to convert sugar into energy.
- Cut out salt and sugary products. Too much salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, another risk factor for diabetes, and too much sugar leads to weight gain which promotes fat around the pancreas.
- Eat regular, small-sized meals. If you eat irregularly and large portions, you are at risk of developing pre-diabetes, a condition that makes you prone to contracting the real thing. Your blood sugar becomes unnaturally higher than normal and people who leave eating to the last-minute tend to eat more fatty and sugary foods, which as we know, leads to weight gain.
- Try a eating Mediterranean diet. Studies have shown that a diet containing oily fish, fresh vegetables and olive oil can substantially reduce the risk of contracting diabetes by up to 83%.
- Snack on almonds; research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey show that these nuts could have a dramatic effect on reducing LDL levels of cholesterol and help to improve insulin sensitivity.
- Have a cup of tea or coffee as drinkers of these beverages are known to have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but try to stick to caffeine free as this has the greatest effect. Those that drink over 4 cups of tea a day cut their risk by a fifth or more and coffee drinkers who drink caffeine free coffee cut their risk by a whopping third.
- Finally, eat a more dairy free diet by cutting out milk, cheese and yoghurt. A substance known as trans-palmitoleic acid, which is found naturally in these products, can be linked to diabetes as high levels have been found in people who suffer from Type 2.