As a type 2 diabetic I am always anxious to read articles like this. It is amazing to me how many things can be reversed by eating right. I started on to a low carbohydrate diet a little less than a month ago. I have dropped over 25 pounds so far, my blood sugar levels have pretty much normalized (hovering around 130) and I feel great. According to the article below, one additional benefit is I may be reversing any damage I have done to my kidneys over the last 11 years since I was diagnosed.
Low Carbohydrate Diet May Reverse Kidney Failure in People With Diabetes
ScienceDaily (Complete article here Apr. 21, 2011) — “Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney failure, whose expression was reversed by the diet.”
“Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his research team evaluated mice that were genetically predisposed to have Type 1 or 2 diabetes. The mice were allowed to develop diabetic nephropathy, or kidney failure. Half of the mice were put on the ketogenic diet, while the control group maintained a standard high carbohydrate diet. The researcher founds that after eight weeks, kidney failure was reversed in the mice on the ketogenic diet.”
“Our study is the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes,” said Dr. Mobbs. “This finding has significant implications for the tens of thousands of Americans diagnosed with diabetic kidney failure, and possibly other complications, each year.”