Good news, diabetics: You can be "cured" of your disease -- and all you have to do is starve yourself for four months.
Sound like fun? Of course it doesn't -- but researchers claim they'll leave you disease-free if you're willing to take leave of your senses and commit to a diet of just 500 calories a day, and not a drop more.
You'll lose weight, too, but that's a given on just 500 calories a day.
You might even shrivel up and blow away. Heck, I'm surprised none of the 15 diabetics in the new study dropped dead. But if more people try this one out, it's bound to happen.
But since 11 of the dieters no longer needed insulin after four months of this starvation diet, the Dutch researchers behind this crazy study have already declared victory over the disease.
"It is striking to see how a relatively simple intervention of a very low-calorie diet effectively cures Type 2 diabetes," bragged lead researcher Sebastian Hammer.
Simple??? Is he for real?
There's nothing simple -- or easy, or even safe -- about a diet that would make Gandhi look like a binge eater. At that level, you don't just lose weight. Your body begins to cannibalize itself to create energy for you to burn.
Sure, you'll lose weight and maybe even "cure" your diabetes -- but at what cost?
Luckily, you don't need to starve yourself thin to beat diabetes. In fact, you can live high on the hog and eat all the fresh animal fats you want -- including steak, pork chops and farm-fresh eggs -- if you're willing to give up sugar and get your carb intake as close to zero as possible.
Stick with it, and eventually you'll be able to ditch your insulin injections just like the dieters in the study -- but without counting a single calorie.
And that's how you REALLY cure diabetes.