People of South Asian ancestry are up to four times more likely than Europeans to develop type 2 diabetes. The risk of type 2 diabetes is approximately 2-fold higher in African Americans than in European Americans.
Type 2 diabetes could be reversed by following a daily 800-calorie diet for eight weeks.
When our bodies are deprived of normal amounts of food they consume their
own fat reserves, with the fat inside organs used up first. The idea of
Taylor's diet is to use up the fat that is clogging up the pancreas and
preventing it from creating insulin, until normal glucose levels return.
With my GP's blessing and a home glucose-testing kit, I began
was strict: three litres of water a day, three 200-calorie food
supplements (soups and shakes) and 200 calories of green vegetables.
Thanks to my doctor's dietary guidance, and running three times a week, I
had already lost a stone. Yet my glucose levels were still above
6mmol/L (millimols per litre), the upper limit for a healthy person without diabetes. According to Taylor, I had to lose a sixth of my pre-diagnosis bodyweight
On the first full day, I weighed 9st 7lb with a healthy body mass index
of 21. After reaching my target of 8st 12lb, I would be able to build
myself up through exercise, as larger muscles use more energy, soaking
up excess glucose before it is converted and stored as fat.
wasn't easy. Yet water staved off the worst hunger pangs. "If you
feel hunger, celebrate the fact with a glass of water, even fizzy
water," Taylor said. By the third day, I weighed 9st 5lb.
four, my glucose levels had dropped to 4.6 after fasting for 10 hours
overnight. It was the first time I'd ever scored a 4. But on day six, I
felt really cold. It was mid-July but in the morning my fingertips were
white and I had to wear a T-shirt, shirt, jumper and jacket to work. I
was hungry, and just walking around the office was tiring. But I was
down to 9st 3lb.
By day eight, I was being called the
"disappearing man", and began to feel a bit detached from my colleagues.
While my energy levels were fine and glucose levels were 4.3mmol/L,
constipation had set in, as a result of not drinking enough water.
Thankfully, laxatives cured this. Taylor emailed to say my progress was
so good, I could come off the liquid diet and go back to normal foods.
day 11, my glucose was 4.1, the lowest yet, and I was down to just
8st 13lb. The next day I treated myself to my first full evening meal
of rice and fish, plus a chocolate shake to celebrate.
two months to be sure, but on 24 September last year it was confirmed.
Following a fasting glucose test at my surgery, my doctor declared: "The
diabetes has resolved itself." My glucose level was 5.1mmol/L, well
below the diabetes mark of 6.
I had stuck to the diet for just 11
days and reduced my blood sugar to a healthy non-diabetic level. It has
remained that way for the past seven months.