Eric Smith comes from the part of Ohio where gaseous sodas are called "pop." He also called them his favorite drink, for lunch, dinner and refreshments.
] Then, when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November 2016, Smith knew he was going to have to cut back – in fact, he cut all the sugary soft drinks and switched to water.
Stop eating fast food, white bread and other junk and in the space of a few months, he changed his diabetes and now has normal blood sugar.
On Tuesday, a larger study confirmed what Smith and others like him have found: a strict diet to lose weight can reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes and getting many people back to normal.
"I was drinking maybe six cans of pop a day if I averaged the amount," said Smith, a 40-year-old bookkeeper. ] "Each meal would have one maybe two with lunch, two with the c ena If it was not pop, it was a sugary drink somewhere. "
And Smith was, like many Americans, obese." He had up to 390, "he said.
He joined Cleveland's Lifestyle Essentials program, which includes A series of six appointments to help people learn how to improve their habits By changing their diet and adding a little exercise, they have lost weight and controlled their blood sugar level.
"Now I have 345 , 350, "said Smith, whose blood sugar level is in the normal and healthy range.
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evidence that weight loss alone can control diabetes, which kills more than 70,000 Americans each year.
Other studies have shown that weight loss surgery can help reverse diabetes, but that's a extreme choice.The study published the m Arts showed that people can do it with diet.
"If this study shows that a low-calorie diet is an effective and practical way to put type 2 diabetes in remission, now and in the long term, it could completely transform the way diabetes type 2 is treated. "said Diabetes UK, which paid for and sponsored the study.
"Bariatric surgery can achieve the remission of diabetes in approximately three-quarters of people, but it is more expensive and risky, and is only available to a small number of patients," said Roy Taylor of the University of Newcastle , United Kingdom, who helped lead the study.
"The weight loss goals provided by this program can be achieved for many people."
The British in the study followed a much stricter weight loss diet than Smith's "do-it-yourself" regimen administered with the help of the Cleveland Clinic.