Prevention 22 November, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
A person’s calorie intake is closely linked to developing type 2 diabetes, especially because of its contribution to becoming overweight, an established risk factor of the disease.
Being overweight is not the only factor that leads to getting the disease, however. As the American Diabetes Association explains, a person’s race, age and family history are also related, which is why it is common to see cases of people who are overweight and do not have diabetes, or on the other hand, people who are very thin and do have the disease.
Despite this, lifestyle also comes into play as a strategy to control how the disease develops and progresses. Studies have shown that a high-calorie diet that includes a lot of sweets is associated with the onset of type 2 diabetes.
A recent study from Yale University conducted on mice that were fed a low-calorie diet of just 800 calories a day, found that it was possible for this disease to be reversed in these animals. In an earlier study from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, a group of 30 patients (some of which had lived with the same condition for over 10 years) were fed a diet of between 600 and 700 calories a day. The study found that diabetes could essentially disappear for a period of up to six months. If you want to learn more: 8 myths of insulin use.
In patients with type 2 diabetes who are overweight, it is crucial to follow a low-calorie diet, as well as include a plan to stay physically active that helps patients to lose weight. According to data from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, losing just 10 pounds can help improve management of the disease.