Type 2 diabetics to be put on 800-calorie-a-day diet by the NHSIvy Madziva
Equipment used by diabetics
TYPE 2 diabetics will be put on a liquid-only diet of 800 calories as part of a new NHS scheme.
A low-calorie ‘soup and shake’ diet to reverse Type 2 diabetes will be prescribed to 5,000 patients.
NHS England said it would put the three-month regime at the heart of its new diabetes strategy after smaller trials saw half of patients go into remission.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, has confirmed 5,000 patients will be included in a larger trial.
GPs have also been told to get 200,000 overweight patients on a scheme that will offer them Fitbits.
He said: ‘The NHS is now going to be ramping up practical action to support hundreds of thousands of people avoid obesity-induced heart attacks, strokes, cancers and Type 2 diabetes.
“The NHS long-term plan is going to give people the power and the support to take control of their own lifestyles.”
The number of Britons with diabetes has doubled in 20 years.
Almost 3.7million people are currently living with a diabetes diagnosis, up from 1.9 million in 1998.
Of these, 90 per cent have Type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity.
In 2016 they showed for the first time that the condition – long considered incurable – could actually be reversed with extreme dieting.
Further trials showed putting people on the 800-calorie diet for three months had lasting effects, with a quarter of participants maintaining weight loss of at least 2st 5lb a year after starting the regime.
Some 46 per cent of patients saw their blood sugar fall by so much they were no longer considered to be diabetic.
Chris Askew, chief executive of charity Diabetes UK, said: “The first-year results … showed that – for some people with Type 2 diabetes – an intensive, low-calorie weight loss programme delivered with ongoing support through primary care could put their condition into remission.
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