I just blogged the study that this NYTs article covers (Diabetes Can Be Reversed With Diet. It’s No Secret.). I’m surprised they covered the study at all:
Hope for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes, New York Times, 18 April 2016
I’m surprised because of things like this:
Many experts believe Type 2 diabetes is an incurable disease that gets worse with time. But new research raises the tantalizing possibility that drastic changes in diet may reverse the disease in some people.
… the finding offers hope to millions who have been told they must live with the intractable disease.
“This is a radical change in our understanding of Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Roy Taylor, a professor at Newcastle University in England and the study’s senior author.
Type 2 diabetes is not an “incurable disease” or an “intractable disease.” This research does not “raise the tantalizing possibility” that the disease can be reversed with diet. It is known, it has been documented. Ask people in the field of diabetes if they think diabetes can be reversed, cured. Ask anyone at Joslin. In fact, they did!
“It’s definitely doable,” said Dr. George King, the chief scientific officer at Joslin Diabetes Center and a professor at Harvard Medical School.
“The ideal diabetes prevention diet should consist of 15% fat, 15% protein, and 70% carbohydrates, with the majority of those carbs coming from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.”
You know what else is disingenuous about this NYTs article? This photo they used to accompany it:
You cannot reverse diabetes with exercise. Exercise is good for health but it cannot by itself get you off meds and bring your blood sugars back to normal. You must change your diet for that.
The reference to exercise and the quotes about diabetes being incurable are byproducts of an industry heavily influenced, I’ll even say controlled, by Big Pharma and Big Hospital. Reversing type 2 diabetes costs you nothing. Just change the foods you eat. No one can make money from that.