Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can reverse their condition with ‘game-changing’ soup and shake diet: Patients need to lose 10% of their body weight, say top experts
- This equates to a person with a 13th (83kg) frame losing 1 4 lbs (8 kg)
- Scientists from Newcastle Uni presented the findings at a medical conference in Sweden
- He said the findings support the idea that everyone has a ‘personal fat limit’.
Researchers revealed today that even lean people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a soup and shake diet.
And they only need to lose 10 percent of their body weight, experts agree.
This equates to someone with a 13th (83 kg) frame losing 1.4 pounds (8 kg).
Scientists from Newcastle University say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has an ‘individual fat limit’.
Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US. Although morbidly driven by obesity, about 15 percent of all victims are of ‘normal weight’ (stock).
Professor Roy Taylor, world-renowned diabetes specialist and lead researcher, said: ‘If you develop type 2 diabetes, you have more fat inside your body than you can cope with, even if visibly thin.
‘This excess fat spreads to your liver and pancreas and inhibits normal function and causes type 2 diabetes.
‘You only need an extra half a gram of fat in the pancreas to stop normal insulin production.
‘ I am often asked, “Why do I have type 2 diabetes when all my friends are older than me and don’t have diabetes?” The present work answers this riddle.’
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or if insulin doesn’t work properly – leading to high blood sugar levels.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to become very high.
More than 4 million people in the UK are believed to have some form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight and you may be more likely to have it if it runs in the family.
This condition means that the body does not respond properly to insulin – the hormone that controls the absorption of sugar into the blood – and cannot properly control blood sugar levels.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes because the buildup makes it harder to control glucose levels, and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
Losing weight is the key to reducing liver fat and keeping symptoms under control.
Symptoms include tiredness, thirst, and frequent urination.
This can cause more serious problems with the nerves, vision, and heart.
Treatment usually involves changing your diet and lifestyle, but more severe cases may require medication.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause blindness and may require patients to amputate their limbs or leave them in a coma.
It affects approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US.
Although morbidly obese, about 15 percent of all victims are of ‘normal weight’.
This places them in a group known as TOFI – those who are ‘thin on the outside and fat on the inside’.
TOFI is generally not advised to lose weight, which doctors believe is another cause of their condition.
But the new findings prove that the guidance — which has been pushed for years — is wrong.
Twenty participants were recruited for the study. His average BMI was 24.8 – defined as a ‘healthy’ weight.
All volunteers were asked to stick to a daily 800-calorie regime for a fortnight, which included low-calorie shakes and soups.
A similar diet, said to be ‘game-changing’, has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition. The results have seen NHS doctors recommend soups and shakes to help fat Brits slim down.
Participants were then allowed to eat soups and shakes, but to eat sensibly for six weeks, so they didn’t pile on the pounds again.
The cycle was repeated three times, until they lost at least 10 percent of their body weight.
Fourteen volunteers went into remission, forcing them to give up all of their medication.
Reversal was defined as blood glucose levels remaining below the technical limit for diabetes for at least six months.
His average BMI fell to 22.4.
Meanwhile, MRI scans showed that the level of fat inside his liver and pancreas had dropped ‘significantly’.
The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.
Marathon runner who was diagnosed with diabetes is now in remission following soup and shake diet
After recently running his first marathon, David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes.
But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering from severe daily headaches and fainting because his blood sugar became too high.
After recently running his first marathon, David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering from severe daily headaches and fainting because his blood sugar became too high
Mr Childs, 48, signed up for the ReTUNE trial last March to reverse type 2 diabetes, one of about 10 percent of people at a healthy weight.
A father of four from the village of Claydon, South Tyneside, said: ‘Even my GP couldn’t believe I had type 2 diabetes before.
‘I don’t have a family history of diabetes, I’m skinny, and I recently ran a marathon after several half-marathons.
‘But unfortunately, while I didn’t have a beer belly, I had excess fat in my liver.
‘I was determined to discontinue the pills I was given and to reverse it if I could.’
Mr Childs completed two months of meal replacement soups and shakes to lose about 10 percent of his body weight.
This brought the weight of the 48-year-old, who is five feet 11 inches tall, to 82 kilograms (12 stone and 13 pounds).
Mr Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, recovered from diabetes halfway through the trial and has not looked back.
He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthy and has reduced his intake of crisps and bread.
He said: ‘I was concerned that my medicine was slowly building up in my future, and that diabetes was at risk of health problems.
‘Now every morning I prick my finger to check my blood sugar and every time I see it’s normal, I smile to myself that I no longer have diabetes.’