Just three weeks of a high-fibre, low-fat diet and moderate exercise could slow key changes in the body crucial to the development of diabetes, a new study suggests.The study, reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology, does not suggest that you can 'cure' Type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise, but it does suggest some very specific dietary guidelines (an ultra-low-fat Pritikin-style diet, at least an hour of moderate exercise every day, in this case, walking on a treadmill) that diabetics can profitably follow to get the best results managing their blood sugar.
The new study, along with previous work on the so-called Pritkin diet and exercise programme, found that just three weeks of the programme reversed the clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes – or its precursor, called metabolic syndrome. The programme worked in half of the overweight patients following it.
New Scientist Breaking News - Three-week diet curbs diabetes
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J Appl Physiol (December 15, 2005) doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.01292.2005
- Pritikin Eating Plan (free download available)