Low-cal Diabetes Diet Offered On NHS
Thousands of the persons with kind 2 diabetes in England are to be prescribed a very low-calorie diet in the hope of reversing their condition.
Under the pilot they will be restricted to 800 calories a day, in the form of soups and shakes, for three months.
When the diet was trialled last year, almost half of those involved managed to set their diabetes into remission.
NHS England has also announced it’s expanding a programme to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes.
The health service currently spends around 10% of its budget on treating diabetes in England.
Up to 5,000 patients will be prescribed the diet by the NHS initially. They will also receive follow-up support.
Nine out of 10 people with diabetes in the UK have type 2, which is strongly linked to diet and lifestyle.
Type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that is not linked with being overweight or inactive.
One patient who took part in a recent trial, involving 298 people, lost more than four stones( 25 kg) and no longer requires diabetes drug.
Isobel Murray, from Largs in North Ayrshire, was on the liquid-only diet for 17 weeks, with each snack consisting of a 200 -calorie sachet of powder mixed with water to make a soup or a shake.
After losing weight, she was then introduced to healthy, solid dinners by dieticians – but she said while the fluid diet was relatively easy, “eating normal food is the hardest bit”.
She said of the diet: “You have to be fired up, you have to be prepared, but anybody can do it if “youre feeling” strongly enough.”
Is a low-calorie crash diet right for me ? Type 2 diabetes affects 7,000 under-2 5s in England and Wales Type 2 diabetes signs ‘detectable years before diagnosis’ Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research indicates 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 kind 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 Image caption