Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can turn their condition around with ‘game-changing soup and shake diet’: top experts say patients just need to lose 10% of their body weight
- This is equivalent to someone with a 13st (83kg) frame losing 1st 4lb (8kg)
- Newcastle Uni researchers presented the results at a medical conference in Sweden
- They said the findings support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold.”
By Stephen Matthews Mailonline Health Editor
Published: 00:01, 23 September 2022 | Updated: 00:05, 23 September 2022
Even slim people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition with a diet of soup and shakes, researchers revealed today.
And they only need to lose 10 percent of their body weight, experts believe.
This is equivalent to someone with a 13st (83kg) frame losing 1st 4lb (8kg).
According to Newcastle University researchers, the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold”.
Type 2 diabetes affects around 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US. Although they are largely caused by obesity, about 15 percent of all sufferers are of “normal weight” (stock).
World-renowned diabetes expert and lead researcher Professor Roy Taylor said: “When you develop type 2 diabetes, your body simply has more fat than it can handle, even if you’re seemingly slim.
“This excess fat spills over into your liver and pancreas, stopping normal function and causing type 2 diabetes.
“You only need half a gram of fat in the pancreas to prevent normal insulin production.
“I’m often asked, ‘Why do I have type 2 diabetes when all my friends are bigger than me and don’t have diabetes?'” This work answers that puzzle.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly, causing high blood sugar levels.
What IS type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to rise too high.
More than 4 million people in the UK are thought to have some form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight, and you may be more likely to develop it if it runs in your family.
The 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 regulate blood glucose levels.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as the buildup makes it harder to control glucose levels and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
Weight loss is the key to reducing liver fat and getting your symptoms under control.
Symptoms include fatigue, thirst and frequent urination.
It can cause more serious problems with the nerves, vision and heart.
Treatment usually involves diet and lifestyle changes, but more severe cases may require medication.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness and leave patients in need of limb amputation or in a coma.
It affects around 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US.
Although there are many causes of obesity, approximately 15 percent of all sufferers are of “normal weight”.
This puts them in a group known as TOFIs – who are ‘thin on the outside but fat on the inside’.
People with TOFI are usually not advised to lose weight because doctors think there is another reason for their condition.
But the new findings prove that guidelines that have been rejected for years are wrong.
Twenty participants were included in the study. Their average BMI was 24.8 – defined as a “healthy” weight.
All volunteers were asked to adhere to a daily 800-calorie diet consisting of low-calorie shakes and soups for two weeks.
A similar diet, dubbed “game changing,” has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition. NHS doctors were even prescribing soups and shakes for obese Britons, the results have shown.
Participants were then allowed to cut out the soups and shakes but eat sensibly for up to six weeks so they didn’t pile on the pounds again.
The cycle was repeated up to three times until they lost at least 10 percent of their body weight.
Fourteen volunteers went into remission, allowing them to come off all medications.
Relapse was defined as a blood glucose level below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
Their average BMI dropped to 22.4.
At the same time, MRI scans showed that fat levels in their livers and pancreases had “significantly” decreased.
The results were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.
A marathon runner diagnosed with diabetes is now in remission after a diet of soups and shakes
David Childs, who recently ran his first marathon, seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes.
But she was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering severe daily headaches and passing out because her blood sugar had risen too high.
David Childs, who recently ran his first marathon, seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But she was diagnosed in June 2020 after experiencing severe daily headaches and passing out because her blood sugar had risen too high.
Mr Childs, 48, signed up to the ReTUNE study to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, one of about 10 per cent of people at a healthy weight.
The father-of-four, from the village of Cleadon, South Tyneside, said: “Even my GP didn’t believe I had type 2 diabetes at first.
“I have no family history of diabetes, I’m slim and recently ran a marathon after several half marathons.
“But unfortunately, even though I didn’t have a beer belly, I had excess fat in my liver.”
“I was determined to leave the pills I was given and take it back when I could.”
Mr Childs went on a two-month diet of meal replacement soups and shakes to lose around 10 per cent of his body weight.
This brought the five foot 11 inch 48-year-old down to 82kg (12 stone 13lb).
Mr Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, was cured of his diabetes halfway through his trial and hasn’t looked back.
He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthy and has reduced his consumption of chips and bread.
She said: “I was worried that my future involved slowly increasing my medication and risking health problems from diabetes.”
“Now I still prick my finger every morning to check my blood sugar and every time I see it’s normal I smile to myself that I don’t have diabetes anymore.”