A new study published in The Lancet journal finds that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by an extremely low-calorie diet that leads to an average weight loss of 10kg.
The study, conducted on 300 people in the UK showed that 86 percent of patients who lost 15 kilograms (33 lbs) or more saw lasting remission of the condition without taking any medication.
Besides, 57% of people who lost 10-15kg, and 34% who lost 5-10kg also saw a remission.
In another group of people, who got the best available diabetes care, but not the low-calorie diet, the remission rate was just four per cent.
There are 425 million people – one in 11 adults — who suffer from diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the result of the body’s ineffective use of insulin, an enzyme produced by the pancreas that controls the sugar level in the blood.