A new report has shown that one of the best ways to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is by undergoing a crash diet.
Overweight people are more likely to suffer with this condition, with 1 in 16 people in the UK currently thought to have diabetes, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.
This amounts to 3.9 million people, which is double the figure taken in 1996. It is believed that by 2025 around 5 million will have this condition.
What causes type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body does not produce enough insulin.
Insulin helps to control the amount of sugar in your blood.
Those in middle age are more prone to developing this condition, with those who are obese also prone to its development.
Those who suffer with type 2 diabetes are at risk of losing limbs to amputation, loss of vision and heart attacks.
It is thought that by removing fat from your pancreas you will be able to return your insulin production back to normal, which will stop the development of this condition.
What research was undertaken?
Numerous studies have been performed over the last few months, for example a global Preview study saw the collaboration of eight nations looking to see the best way to solve this growing issue.
In the study the researcher looked at 2,300 people who had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
Over an 8-week period these participants were asked to consume a diet that contained only 800 calories per day (they consumed soups and milkshakes).
These participants were also asked to undertake regular controlled exercise too.
At the conclusion of the trial the participants had lost an average of 23 pounds, or 10.8% of their overall body mass.
The participants of the Preview study were then put randomly into groups that studied the impact of various high and low exercise and diets based on high and low protein and high and low glycemic index diets. This was for a further 2-year period.
Another study by Newcastle University also looked at how we can stop type 2 diabetes being developed.
They found that by restricting people eating for 2 months they were able to eradicate the condition, with the participants shown to be free of the condition another 6 months after the study had concluded.
What were the findings?
These studies have shown that it is possible to cut the risk of developing diabetes and even being able to reverse the development using a strict diet.
If you are worried about diabetes or any other condition that is caused by being overweight or obese then take a few steps to changing your behaviour today.
You most certainly do not want to hold off too long, as despite the studies claims to be able to reverse the condition the risk to your health is still there.