There are claims today that eating a low glycaemic load (GL) diet can ‘cure’ Type 2 diabetes. Dr Fendon Lindburg says that a Mediterranean-style low GL diet along with a healthy lifestyle can “reverse” the condition.
Dr Lindburg’s diet is based largely on unprocessed foods including vegetables, wholegrains, pulses and olive oil. The theory is that a low GL means that carbohydrates don’t raise blood glucose (sugar) levels in the way that processed foods do.
However, Diabetes UK says that Type 2 diabetes cannot be reversed. Jemma Edwards, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “Regular physical activity, eating a healthy balanced diet and keeping an eye on weight are essential in treating Type 2 diabetes.
"Effective management of the condition in these ways can, in some cases, reverse or delay the need for medication by making the body’s own insulin work more effectively. However, this may only last for a time and does not mean that Type 2 diabetes has been cured – just effectively controlled.
“A healthy balanced diet should be low in fat, salt and sugar with plenty of fruit and vegetables.”
In addition, it has also been claimed today that taking chromium and cinnamon can be of benefit to people with Type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes UK does not recommend taking chromium as a way of reversing Type 2 diabetes,” responded Jemma Edwards.
“There is no conclusive answer as to whether or not cinnamon can be beneficial in helping to control diabetes. It is important to remember that no nutritional supplement should ever replace prescribed medication,” she added.