In the video below I review a 1955 scientific study in The Lancet, a world-renowned medical journal, in which 68 of 80 people reversed type 2 diabetes on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.

In the study, entitled “Low-Fat Diet and Therapeutic Doses of Insulin in Diabetes Mellitus,” all 80 participants started out taking 30 to 120 units of insulin to manage their diabetes. (It’s important to note that this study is so old that it didn’t differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes—a distinction that came along in the 1970s.) The plan was to stick with a diet consisting of roughly 60% of calories from carbohydrates, 28% from protein, and 12% from fat (the exact foods consumed were not documented) and slowly reduce their intake of insulin according to a formula. Urine testing was used to monitor their blood sugars (remember, in 1955 blood sugar meters hadn’t yet been invented).

What were the results?

  • 10 patients became “sugar-free” (no sugar in their urine) within 7 days “on diet alone,” meaning their blood sugars returned to normal without having to slowly reduce their insulin over the course of the study.
  • 50 patients reversed their diabetes in in 3 to 6 weeks.
  • 8 patients reversed it in 18 weeks.

In all, 68 of the 80 patients (85%) became free of insulin and essentially reversed their diabetes.

What about the remaining 12 patients? All of them experienced a dramatic reduction in their insulin requirements. We should also note that for all we know, several of them could have been type 1 diabetics.

Let’s put this in perspective: 80 people who were taking insulin to treat their diabetes started following a high-carbohydrate diet. Over a period of 1 week to 5 months, 85% of them reversed their diabetes and stopped taking insulin. Nobody got worse; they only got better. And honestly, this diet could certainly have been improved upon.

Click below to see the video.