London: A 59-year-old British man has claimed that he has cured his diabetes in just 11 days after following a miracle ‘starvation’ diet developed by scientists from a British university.
Richard Doughty, from London, was shocked when a routine health check revealed he had Type 2 diabetes.
“I was stunned. I have always had a healthy weight. I had no family history of diabetes, ate a healthy diet, never smoked and I did not even have a sweet tooth,” Doughty revealed. While researching on the internet, he found Newcastle University scientists had devised a low-calorie diet said to reverse diabetes in eight weeks.
It involved eating just 800 calories a day — a man’s recommended intake is 2,500, Britain’s Daily Express reported.
This was made up of 600 calories from meal replacement shakes and soups and 200 calories from green vegetables, plus three litres of water a day. The diet was devised by Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle.
The diet is based on the fact that Type 2 diabetes is often caused by fat clogging up the liver and pancreas, which are crucial in producing insulin. Taylor’s studies found that drastic dieting causes the body to go into starvation mode and fat around the organs seems to be targeted first.
This leads to the liver and pancreas becoming unclogged and insulin and blood sugar levels returning to normal.