Diabetes can be reversed by following a strict low-calorie diet of soup and smoothies, scientists believe. The amazing claim came after they showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who lose just over a stone and a half (10 kilos) in weight go into remission. Researchers from the universities of Newcastle and Glasgow have tried the diet of only 800 calories per day in 300 patients recruited from surgeries of GPs. They are also trying to find out if patients can maintain their weight loss and permanently cure themselves of the condition that is strongly related to obesity. The amazing claim came after they showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who lose just over a stone and a half (10 kilos) of weight go into remission. The liquid diet is put to the test in a two-part television documentary that will be screened tonight. morning. For the program, five men and women with the condition were sent to a house in Sussex where they consumed only soup and smoothies for eight weeks. They were given sachets rich in nutrients to mix with water and flavors, including vanilla, coconut, shepherd's pie and carbonara. At the end of the study period, two of the participants were in remission and no longer had to take their diabetes medications. They included Dan, 41, who was in remission after only four weeks of losing just one stone and a half (9.5 kilos). For the program, five men and women with the condition were sent to a house in Sussex where they consumed only soup and smoothies for eight weeks. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next More than half of Millennials expect to be millionaires … Three-quarters of them students have never tried drugs and most … Poor parents are less likely to send their child to … The toxic fumes of a diesel car can cost the country £ 16,000 … Cases of diabetes have duplicated in 20 years and almost 3.7 million have had now been diagnosed with the condition. More than 90 percent of them have type 2. The NHS spends an estimated £ 14 billion a year on the treatment of diabetes and its related complications, one-tenth of its annual budget. The researchers believe that the liquid diet could be implemented in GP surgeries, saving Health Service enormous sums of money. Their study involves 298 patients with type 2 diabetes in England and Scotland. The first results presented in February found that almost half of those on a diet of 800 calories a day went into remission. Academics continue to monitor these patients to see if they maintain the weight. They are also evaluating whether the diet could be realistically implemented in general medical consultations as a cheap cure for diabetes. Professor Roy Taylor, of the University of Newcastle, said: The trial proceeds from our basic work that has allowed us to understand diabetes to see if we can apply in general practice some lessons we learned from previous studies. At the end of the study period, two of the participants were in remission and no longer had to take their diabetes medications.
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