DietDoctor.com http://www.dietdoctor.com Real food for your health Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Could Drinking Milk Shorten Your Life?http://www.dietdoctor.com/could-drinking-milk-shorten-your-life http://www.dietdoctor.com/could-drinking-milk-shorten-your-life#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:02 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12506 A big new Swedish study on milk consumption has gained some attention. It suggests that people who drink a lot of milk live shorter lives on average, and perhaps in addition have an increased risk of bone fractures: BBC: High milk diet “may not cut risk of bone fractures” Again, this is only based on statistics from questionnaires – […]

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A big new Swedish study on milk consumption has gained some attention. It suggests that people who drink a lot of milk live shorter lives on average, and perhaps in addition have an increased risk of bone fractures:

BBC: High milk diet “may not cut risk of bone fractures”

Again, this is only based on statistics from questionnaires – i.e. an observational study. Thus it’s by no means proof that milk shortens life. To know for sure the theory has to be tested in intervention studies, which is much harder and vastly more expensive.

But the statistics from the study are still worth pondering. My conclusion is that it’s wise to only drink milk regularly in larger quantities only as a child, not as an adult. Milk is very insulin stimulating, both through lactose, and through a special milk protein, which stimulates desirable growth in young children.

As an adult, it may be wiser to drink water on a regular basis and wine for festive occasions. As well as tea or coffee at your convenience.

Reducing milk consumption may also help to maintain a stable weight, by keeping insulin levels down. In particular, low-fat milk should be avoided. It could also be called white soda.

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Last Week Tonight about Sugarhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/last-week-tonight-sugar http://www.dietdoctor.com/last-week-tonight-sugar#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:44:56 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12522 Several people have told me about this anti-sugar rant from John Oliver recently, on Last Week Tonight. It’s pretty funny.

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Several people have told me about this anti-sugar rant from John Oliver recently, on Last Week Tonight. It’s pretty funny.

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WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusadershttp://www.dietdoctor.com/wsj-last-anti-fat-crusaders http://www.dietdoctor.com/wsj-last-anti-fat-crusaders#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:28:18 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12499 Here’s a nice op ed published in the Wall Street Journal: WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders The illustration is badly chosen, as this meal is likely to contain more sugar and other bad carbs than anything else. The article is good though. The author, Nina Teicholz, also wrote the new book The Big Fat Surprise on […]

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Here’s a nice op ed published in the Wall Street Journal:

WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders

The illustration is badly chosen, as this meal is likely to contain more sugar and other bad carbs than anything else. The article is good though. The author, Nina Teicholz, also wrote the new book The Big Fat Surprise on the same topic.

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”Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat”

TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

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”Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat”http://www.dietdoctor.com/looks-like-medical-establishment-wrong-fat http://www.dietdoctor.com/looks-like-medical-establishment-wrong-fat#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:33:37 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12492 Is natural fat bad for you? Hardly. Here’s yet another fine article about the ongoing shift in scientific position regarding fat and carbohydrates: Business Insider: Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat The new dietary study they’re referring to is this one. More New Major Study: A Low-Carb Diet Yet Again Best for Both Weight and […]

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Is natural fat bad for you? Hardly. Here’s yet another fine article about the ongoing shift in scientific position regarding fat and carbohydrates:

Business Insider: Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat

The new dietary study they’re referring to is this one.

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New Major Study: A Low-Carb Diet Yet Again Best for Both Weight and Health Markers!

Major Fitness Company: Eat Butter, It’s Good for You!

TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

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“Without a Doubt, Definitely the Best Decision I Have Ever Made”http://www.dietdoctor.com/without-a-doubt-definitely-the-best-decision-i-have-ever-made http://www.dietdoctor.com/without-a-doubt-definitely-the-best-decision-i-have-ever-made#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:40:09 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12476 Weight loss on LCHF – even if it’s 121 lbs (55 kg) in eight months – is often just a welcome bonus. Emmy Frisk knows this. She emailed me her story, and what a story: The Email Hi! I feel like sharing my story with you. When I was younger, I was a healthy and happy […]

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Before and after

Before and after

Weight loss on LCHF – even if it’s 121 lbs (55 kg) in eight months – is often just a welcome bonus. Emmy Frisk knows this. She emailed me her story, and what a story:

The Email

Hi! I feel like sharing my story with you.

When I was younger, I was a healthy and happy girl of normal weight. But when I was 12 years old I was hit by epilepsy. I quickly turned into a different person. Due to the frequent seizures (often several times a week) and more medications with very difficult side effects, I became a girl who was constantly depressed, tired, and I gained a lot of weight. For eight years I lived my life in a tangible darkness, and completely without energy or joy of living.

In early 2014 I was told by my doctors that there was nothing more they could do for me, and that they had tried everything to stop the seizures. They said the only thing I could do was to hope that the seizures would disappear with time. At that time I was having seizures 3–4 times a week. I was quite overweight and because I was in such poor shape I couldn’t work either. In addition, this unsustainable situation had already brought me to a suicide attempt, and I knew that if there were no improvement soon, I’d make a second attempt.

I decided to take things into my own hands, and thought that at least I could try to lose some weight. In late February (8 months ago), I started to eat LCHF. Without a doubt, absolutely the very best decision I have ever made! Already in the first week my seizures disappeared. By 3 months on LCHF, I had phased out all drugs and was still seizure free. Today I’ve lost 121 pounds (55 kilo). I’m not taking any drugs, and I finally became that happy, healthy girl full of energy again. As long as I stick to LCHF, I don’t notice my disease at all and I don’t run out of energy.

Imagine that something as simple as reducing the amount of carbohydrates gave me my life back, and experiencing this journey has also made me grow a lot as a person. The plan now is to study to become a diet counselor, and I hope to help others in a similar situation.

I also want to thank the Diet Doctor for inspiring and great posts.

Sincerely, Emmy Frisk

Emmy Frisk, 20 years old. Please feel free to publish name and picture.

Earlier on epilepsy

“The Verdict Was Medication for At Least 10 Years”

How a Diet Change Can Free People from Epilepsy

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LCHF for Beginners

How to Lose Weight

“Your Best Carbohydrate Level Is the One You’re Happiest on Without Weight Gain”

LCHF Made Lindha Half the Woman She Used to Be

More health and weight success stories

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“I Finally Kept My Promise to My Mom”http://www.dietdoctor.com/i-finally-kept-my-promise-to-my-mom http://www.dietdoctor.com/i-finally-kept-my-promise-to-my-mom#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:28:40 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12427 Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE. Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother: The Email Hello Andreas! My experiences with LCHF… sorry for this […]

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Before and after

Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE.

Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother:

The Email

Hello Andreas!

My experiences with LCHF… sorry for this long long email… ;)

I was overweight my whole life. At 12 years my weight was 92 kg (200 lbs) at 175 cm (5′ 8″). My life – full of useless diets – started back then. In August 2009 I was 18 and finally reached the top… I weighed 125.8 kg (277 lbs) at 187 cm (6′ 1″). My mom – she was a nurse at a hospital – was so worried about my weight because she had to deal with strokes and heart attacks every day at work. She had a small weight problem too, so we decided to change the situation together.

We started doing Weight Watchers. It was okay for me to eat all that whole-grains-stuff but I really felt hungry all the time. After 6 months I managed to lose 20 kg (44 lbs) and felt great but then it stopped. When I suddenly regained 2 kg (4.4 lbs) in one week I still remember the promise I gave my mom: “Don’t worry! I will get my dream-body!”

I still remember the evening when my brother came and told me: “… mama has died…”

One year passed. I wasn’t able to do any sports but tried to keep up with a “healthy” lifestyle. I ate lots of whole grains and almost no fats but I finally regained 15 kg (33 lbs). I was desperate… but in March 2011 I decided to give it another try. Again I started doing Weight Watchers and again weighed 102 kg (124.8 lbs) some months later. Then this strange plateau happened again. I didn’t lose any weight for months, on the contrary, I started regaining some weight again. At that time I rode my bicycle for about 16 hours a week (!!!) and ate around 1500 calories a day… I’m not lying! I swear it…

Finally, in January 2013 – my weight loss still didn’t continue – I made a radical decision and started eating every 2 days. I ate around 2000 calories on one day and nothing (only water and tea) on the second. Finally I could drop my weight down to 90 kg (198 lbs). When my weight loss again got stuck I decided to do exactly what the medical guidelines tell me to do. So at least 60% of my calories came from carbs (especially whole grains) and less than 30% from fats. My weight didn’t change and I started feeling horrible. I had those extreme cravings for chocolate and stuff like that. When I couldn’t resist it anymore I ate lots of donuts and pieces of cake… and I regained 3 kg (6.6 lbs) in one week…

That evening I decided to try the very opposite – even if it kills me – and googled the words “low carb”.
After a while I found this wonderful page called DietDoctor.com and it lead me to names like “Gary Taubes”, “Stephen Phinney”, “Robert Lustig” and yeah, of course, “Andreas Eenfeldt” etc….

I started doing Freeletics (it’s like Crossfit) but still was eating lots of carbs. I gained muscle – Weight Watchers lead to an enormous muscle loss – but I also gained fat… then I started LCHF. After 10 days of feeling horrible – I had quit smoking and this felt exactly the same way – I suddenly felt that energy inside of me. I ate 3000 calories a day and my weight dropped. I couldn’t believe it. I was eating 80 % of my calories from fat and almost no carbs (30 g a day)… so I stopped counting my calories and ate what I wanted to…

Now in October 2014 my weight is 79 kg (174 lbs) and my body-fat percentage dropped to 9 %. I’ve got a six pack! :)

This means I’ve lost 46.8 kg (103.2 lbs). Without LCHF I would have regained it completely. I know it. I still eat what I want and don’t gain any weight. My cravings are completely gone now and I feel so great!

Thank you, Andreas! I finally kept my promise to my mom… I have my “dream-body” now…

Keep on fighting, Doc! The paradigm shift will come, I know it!

Nice greetings from Austria,
Christoph

P.S.: My grandma is now doing LCHF too. Her blood-pressure is normal now and her diabetes medication is gone now! :)

More

LCHF for Beginners

How to Lose Weight

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar

More health and weight success stories

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Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?http://www.dietdoctor.com/carb-loaded-best-low-carb-movie-ever http://www.dietdoctor.com/carb-loaded-best-low-carb-movie-ever#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:04:00 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12452 This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online: Watch Carb-Loaded Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded. The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone […]

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This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online:

Watch Carb-Loaded

Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded.

The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone in the low-carb community – like professor Tim Noakes, Gary Taubes et al (and me) – plus many other experts in food and nutrition, like Drs. David Katz, Marion Nestle and Yoni Freedhoff.

They’ve done loads of interviews, but that’s not what’s most impressive about this movie. What’s most impressive is how funny it is. I’ve basically heard all the information covered before, but I still found myself sitting with a silly grin on my face through much of the movie.

There’s some pretty impressive animation work lightening up the film too. But my favorite is the obnoxious doctor who sort of represents the conventional “wisdom” of our time. Reportedly the character was inspired by “dr Spaceman” in the TV series 30 Rock – if you’ve seen him you know what to expect.

Here’s a sneak peek of Carb-Loaded:

Did you like that? Check out the whole movie online here:

Watch Carb-Loaded

If you’d rather order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or if you want to check out other Carb-Loaded merchandise (like T-shirts) have a look at their online store. I you’d like, you can use the coupon code “DIETDOCTOR” for a 25% discount.

What do you think about the movie?

Note: I have no financial interests in the video streaming or the merchandise above.

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“Before, I Was Ruled by Food”http://www.dietdoctor.com/my-dad-told-me-about-the-lchf-way-of-eating http://www.dietdoctor.com/my-dad-told-me-about-the-lchf-way-of-eating#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:23:05 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12361 Emma had tried to lose weight with much effort and little results. Here’s her story about what happened in a few months when she instead followed her dad’s advice and tried an LCHF diet: The Email Well, I guess my story is similar to lots of people on here, I hit on the information about […]

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Before and after 3 months

Emma had tried to lose weight with much effort and little results. Here’s her story about what happened in a few months when she instead followed her dad’s advice and tried an LCHF diet:

The Email

Well, I guess my story is similar to lots of people on here, I hit on the information about the diet by accident really. My father had been researching different diets on the internet to try and improve his health. The things he was saying about the diet and the amount of fat intake were hard to take in and accept, because like everybody I have had 38 years of being told by everyone that Fat is bad for you.

At this stage I was aware of how overweight I had become, I had had 2 children and so stopped exercising and was most definitely over-eating and thought this was why I had piled on the weight. I also had gallstones, bad skin and piles brought on by the pregnancies.

I decided enough was enough so I started on a strict regime of exercise doing at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise a day (this I did for 82 days in a row) and I also ate so called healthy food, smaller portions too. Lots of Fruit and Veg and avoiding Fat. At first I lost a little bit of the weight but after a couple of weeks my weight stopped going down and actually stayed the same for about 5–6 weeks. This was extremely frustrating because I felt I was doing everything right but not getting any results and it wasn’t as if I had no weight to lose.

Then my Dad told me about the LCHF way of eating, and having a very open mind about things I decided to give it a go. And I haven’t looked back, in the last 13 weeks I have lost 32 lbs (15 kg). I haven’t had a single flare up with my gallstones since starting. My skin has cleared up and is in better condition than ever, as is my hair. After 2 weeks the piles had cleared up. I had had them for 3 years since the birth of my first child.

The most incredible thing that I have found to have happened is my frame of mind. I have suffered with depression for years. Since eating the LCHF way I haven’t had a major down time. I am altogether a calmer person, have more patience, generally more happy, and I find my problem solving is better too.

Before, I was ruled by food. I constantly thought about food even while eating, eating my dinner whilst wondering what to eat next. Also if I felt down, food would be the solution. Now eating the LCHF diet I have never felt less hungry, I don’t have any cravings. I tend to eat 2 meals a day because I am just not hungry in between meals. My husband and children are also on the diet. My husband has lost weight and had health benefits too. A friend who I told about the diet has lost 13 pounds (6 kg) in just 2 weeks and had been doing Weight Watchers for a long time and not getting anywhere. My Dad has seen many health benefits too and has lost a lot of weight too.

This is it. Now I have changed to LCHF and that is it for life for me. The more I read and hear about this diet and the health benefits, the more I just know that I could never go back to the other way of eating. The UK is miles behind Sweden in it’s thinking, and I just hope the word spreads over here for the sake of everybody’s health.

It’s early days for me really, and I still have a good amount of weight to lose. But felt I would like to share my story with others. If it only inspires 1 person, then it is worth it.

I am attaching photos, please feel free to use them and my name.

A big Thank you to you for making people aware of the LCHF diet.

Emma Lent

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Before and after 3 months

Comment

Congratulations on your great health journey, Emma!!

More

LCHF for Beginners

How to Lose Weight

Gallstones and Low Carb

More health and weight success stories

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New Solid Studies: The Advice on Gluten for Infants Needs to Be Changed!http://www.dietdoctor.com/new-studies-advice-gluten-infants-needs-changed http://www.dietdoctor.com/new-studies-advice-gluten-infants-needs-changed#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:54:29 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12405 This is a question that I frequently get and that many parents of infants struggle with: Is it important for infants to eat gluten, ie bread and hot cereal, early in life? Even today the official guidelines encourage parents to introduce foods with wheat early to reduce the risk of gluten intolerance. This is what […]

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Future Gluten Intolerants?

This is a question that I frequently get and that many parents of infants struggle with: Is it important for infants to eat gluten, ie bread and hot cereal, early in life?

Even today the official guidelines encourage parents to introduce foods with wheat early to reduce the risk of gluten intolerance. This is what the Swedish guidelines for infants include:

If the infant is given small amounts of gluten while still nursing, the risk that the child will be gluten intolerant is reduced. At no later than six months, and no earlier than four months, you should start giving the infant some gluten-containing foods… For example, you can let the infant have a bite of white bread or crackers or a small spoon of hot cereal or wheat-based formula a couple of times a week… After six months gradually increase the amount. 

This assertive advice is unfortunately based only on uncertain statistics from questionnaire studies, i.e. observational studies. Such statistics prove nothing. The guideline-issuing authorities have a troublesome ability to sound certain without enough supporting evidence.

So is the advice above good or bad? Nobody knew before, but now this has finally been tested seriously.

The other week two critical studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine – the world’s most respected medical science journal. For the first time studies were designed to test whether the advice works.

Study 1

In the first study, 944 children with an elevated risk for celiac disease were randomized to receive either gluten or placebo between 4 and 6 months of age. They really tested in the best way  whether early gluten exposure prevents gluten intolerance.

The result? It did not help. The children given gluten had just as high a frequency of gluten intolerance, and there was even a non-significant trend towards their showing gluten intolerance more often!

A whopping 5.9 % of the children introduced to gluten early became gluten intolerant, as compared to 4.5 % of those who could avoid gluten early on.

This first test now completely refutes the advice to give gluten early on, it doesn’t work. But it gets worse for the official recommendations…

Study 2

In the second study 832 children with celiac disease in the family were randomized to receive advice on gluten from either 6 months or 12 months of age.

The result? Clear cut. At two years of age 12 % of the children given advice on gluten from 6 months of age were gluten intolerant. Only 5 percent of those who didn’t introduce gluten until 12 months of age developed gluten intolerance – less than half, a difference that was highly statistically significant.

Advice on postponing gluten at least until 12 months of age more than halved the risk of becoming gluten intolerant!

The Journal’s Comment

In a comment to the studies the journal says that it will now be difficult to advise introducing gluten early on – it just seems to be wrong. The advice to introduce gluten while still nursing also seems to be incorrect – we’re not seeing any benefit to this either.

Background: early gluten exposure produced an epidemic of gluten intolerance.

There’s a sad back drop to the story. In the 80’s, Sweden started to give advice that resulted in larger amounts of gluten in infant formula. The result was a disastrous increase in gluten intolerance and that’s when they backed off to today’s advice.

However, the new studies show that they haven’t backed enough yet.

Conclusion: More gluten, more gluten intolerance

The results from these first studies, when gluten introduction was clear: it doesn’t help. Instead, all evidence indicates that the official guidelines instead hurt babies. Parents who follow this advice to introduce gluten early on run a higher risk of getting gluten intolerant children! The advice has to be changed soon, anything else would be irresponsible.

When and how should parents introduce gluten to their children in order to avoid gluten intolerance? Judging from the best science we have so far, the simple answer may be this:

The less gluten the better and the later gluten is introduced the better.

More

Gluten Makes a Growing Number of Swedes Sick

South Park Runs a Gluten-Free Episode!

“This Is Your Brain on Gluten”

Dr. William Davis “Wheat Belly” Davis on the Dr. Oz Show!

Bill O’Reilly: Don’t Eat Wheat!

The Studies

Membership only (abstract free):

NEJM: Randomized Feeding Intervention in Infants at High Risk for Celiac Disease

NEJM: Introduction of Gluten, HLA Status, and the Risk of Celiac Disease in Children

Editorial: NEJM: The Missing Environmental Factor in Celiac Disease

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“Giant Leap to Type 1-Diabetes Cure”http://www.dietdoctor.com/giant-leap-type-1-diabetes-cure http://www.dietdoctor.com/giant-leap-type-1-diabetes-cure#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:49:32 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12402 This is cool news. Scientists at Harvard just announced that they have managed to generate insulin-producing cells from human stem cells. This is hailed as a step towards a cure for type 1-diabetes: BBC: ‘Giant leap’ to type 1-diabetes cure Harvard: Giant leap against diabetes Unfortunately, there are a couple of steps remaining to make it possible to cure people with type […]

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This is cool news. Scientists at Harvard just announced that they have managed to generate insulin-producing cells from human stem cells. This is hailed as a step towards a cure for type 1-diabetes:

BBC: ‘Giant leap’ to type 1-diabetes cure

Harvard: Giant leap against diabetes

Unfortunately, there are a couple of steps remaining to make it possible to cure people with type 1-diabetes. The cells need to be protected against the immune system, and would in reality act as a transplanted organ. This would require a life-long need for medicating with immunosuppressants for it to work – unless in the future, the cells can be made from the patient’s own stem cells.

Even in this the best case scenario, the immunosuppressing treatment might be required for a long-term effect, as type 1-diabetics also produce antibodies against insulin-producing cells, which is what triggers the disease in the first place.

There are also plans for trying to “encapsulate” the cells to protect them from the immune system without the need for medication. If this will work is not yet clear.

Finally, this is long-term a potential cure for just type 1-diabetes, which “only” one of ten diabetics in the world suffer from. Type 2 is a lot more common and is not caused by a lack of insulin-producing cells.

But still – potentially a big step towards being an important treatment consideration in the future.

More

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar

Scientists: A Low-Carbohydrate Diet Should Be First Approach for Diabetics!

Why Do More and More Adults Get Type 1 Diabetes?

One Year on an LCHF Diet with Type 1 Diabetes

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