Across the world, some 400 million people experience type 2 diabetes: a chronic health condition that can affect several major organs in your body, and eventually lead to heart disease, kidney damage, blindness, and more.
The good news is type 2 diabetes can often be avoided through managing your weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet – but even if you do develop the condition, it’s not necessarily permanent.
In recent years, research has shown that it’s possible to reverse a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and send the disease into remission, and now a new study demonstrates that recovering from the disease could be a lot easier than you think.
“We’ve known for some time now that it’s possible to send diabetes into remission using fairly drastic measures such as intensive weight loss programmes and extreme calorie restriction,” says epidemiologist Hajira Dambha-Miller from the the University of Cambridge.
“These interventions can be very challenging to individuals and difficult to achieve.”
Difficult is true. In one 2017 clinical trial, patients had to adopt an extreme “total diet replacement” that saw them subsist on low-calorie shakes for up to five months, before slowly being reintroduced to food.