Soup and shake diet
Shake diet offered on NHS to fight type 2 diabetes
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity for us all to have a healthier lifestyle. Experts have identified that those
suffering with type 2 diabetes, or obesity, are at much greater risk from complications with studies suggesting that switching to a low-calorie liquid diet can put diabetes into remission.
With this in mind, thousands of suffers in England will be offered the chance to try a soup-and-shake diet weight-loss plan for free on the NHS. Some NHS patients have already benefited from the year-long diet and exercise plan, which is why NHS England is expanding the scheme to more people.
People living with type 2 diabetes who are an unhealthy weight and have been diagnosed with the condition in the last six years will be considered for the scheme. After a few months on the shakes and soups, when some weight loss has been achieved, solid foods are reintroduced, with support to help the person maintain a nutritious diet and regular exercise.
Results from one trial in Newcastle and Glasgow, showed almost half of those who went on the diet achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes after one year.
The trial results, simultaneously published in the Lancet medical journal and presented at the International Diabetes Federation, showed:
46% of patients who started the trial were in remission a year later
86% who lost 15kg (2st 5lb) or more put their type 2 diabetes into remission
Only 4% went into remission with the best treatments currently used
What is type 2 diabetes?
It is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high
It is caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include excessive thirst, needing to urinate a lot and tiredness
It can increase the risk of getting serious problems with the eyes, heart and nerves
Some cases are linked to being overweight
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is not linked to being overweight.