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.