So this thought has started to fester after listening to Diabetes Researcher Nicola Guess discuss the The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) study:
In it, roughly half of people that lost 15kg or more in a few months put their Type 2 Diabetes into remission, meaning they no longer needed to use any of their medications. That's pretty incredible.
Of note, Dr. Guess pointed out that this result is not seen merely by losing 15kg, but only seems to show up when the weight loss is rather quick. It seems that the protocols necessary to cause it involve very low calorie diets - 900 calories a day. Obviously these are levels that should only be done with some kind of medical support. Yet it also seems concerning if the general tendency in the public's mind is to shun rapid weight loss and have stories out their about damaging metabolism if, in fact, it the way to treat diabetes, a disease that threatens to topple the health system at the rate it is growing globally.