Is there a simple way to control type 2 diabetes? Well, it depends. Virta project showed a few simple and non-invasive ideas: ketogenic diet and counselling. A year after, the authors published a follow-up to what they discovered the first time around.
So what happened with the participants after a year?
- 60% of the participants managed to have their diabetes “reversed”: their glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) decreased below the limit of 6.5%. Besides the ketogenic diet they were only on metmorfin or without any antidiabetic drug at all;
- 94% of participants decreased the insulin doses or stopped injecting it altogether;
- 53 of participants who prior to the study were taking sulphonylureas stopped taking the drugs altogether;
- the average HbA1c was 7.6% at baseline: it dropped to 6.3% in a year;
- triglyceride levels dropped 24% on average, whereas levels of HDL cholesterol increased for 18%; lower blood pressure was observed;
- additionally, as a sign of decreased inflammation, the average C-reactive protein levels dropped 39% on average (Hallberg et al., 2018).
HALLBERG, S.J. et al. 2018. Effectiveness and Safety of a Novel Care Model for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes at 1 Year: An Open-Label, Non-Randomized, Controlled Study. Diabetes Ther, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 583-612, 10.1007/s13300-018-0373-9
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