Diabetes: a delicate balance
Can an extreme low-calorie diet help to reverse diabetes? How about a dip in the Dead Sea? This week we take a look at promising research into the chronic disease, timed to coincide with World Diabetes Day.
We start in the United Kingdom, where researchers from Newcastle University appear to have cured patients with obesity-related Type 2 diabetes using a drastic diet. The discovery overturns previous assumptions that this form of diabetes is a lifelong illness.
Next, we head to Haiti where the prevalence of the disease is high but the level of care is low. Our reporters investigate the diabetes of malnutrition.
Finally, we uncover an unlikely treatment in Israel. A team of medical scientists have conducted a pilot study which suggests that taking a 20-minute swim in the Dead Sea helps lower patients’ blood glucose levels.