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Can A Controversial Diet Be The Solution For Diabetes And Obesity?

Introduced in 2011 in the U.S., this controversial diet plan is now being hailed as a possibly effective and innovative approach to obesity and diabetes. New research done in Fargo, North Dakota by Doctor Spencer Berry, medical director of Medical Weight Loss Specialists, seems to prove this claim.

The diet is called the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet, or KE diet, and the main reason why it is controversial is that it involves the use of a feeding tube inserted through the nose and into the esophagus to the stomach. The diet must be overseen by a doctor.

The feeding tube pumps a nutritional solution into the patient’s stomach, allowing only 800 calories per day to be digested. Patients can only drink water, black coffee, or tea. The process lasts a couple of days under the doctor’s supervision and the tube remains inserted 24 hours a day.

The secret behind this diet’s effectiveness is the nutritional solution pumped into the patient’s stomach. According to Dr. Berry, “The KE diet provides only proteins, fats and micronutrients and no carbohydrates or sugars, so your body goes into a state of deep nutritional ketosis and burns its own fat.”

The process was attempted by Berry and his team, using 17 patients who were all either had type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetic. By the end of the ten day study, conducted in the spring of 2014, the patients had all lost between 6 and 6.5 percent of their body weight.

Patients also showed an improved blood sugar and some were able to stop taking their diabetes medication while others were able to limit it to a much smaller dosage. The need for insulin among the participants was also greatly reduced, and some may be able to stop taking it for good.

While Doctor Berry believes this might be the key to curing diabetes, others in the medical community are less convinced. Radical diets like the KE diet are great for reducing weight rapidly, but the loss is difficult to maintain and the patients typically regain the weight quickly after the diet.

Without proper treatment and weight loss programs after the procedure, the diet’s temporary quality makes it unlikely to be the permanent solution to obesity or diabetes, but it does show that losing weight has a definite effect on diabetes problems, even if this requires hard work and diet.

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