Even people with SLIM type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition with the “game-changing” soup and shake diet: top experts say patients only need to lose 10% of their body weight
- This is the equivalent of a person with a 13 (83 kg) frame losing the first 4 pounds (8 kg)
- Scientists from Newcastle Uni presented the results at a medical conference in Sweden
- They said the findings support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold”
Scientists today revealed that even lean people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a soup and cocktail diet.
Experts believe they only need to lose 10 percent of their body weight.
This is the equivalent of the person with the 13th (83kg) losing the first 4lbs (8kg).
Scientists at Newcastle University say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the notion that everyone has a “personal fat threshold”.
Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US. Although heavily driven by obesity, approximately 15 percent of all sufferers are of “normal weight” (state)
Professor Roy Taylor, a world-renowned diabetes expert and principal investigator, said: “If you develop type 2 diabetes, you just have more fat in your body than you can handle it, even if it appears to be thin.
“This excess fat travels to the 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 often hear the question,” Why do I have type 2 diabetes when all my friends are bigger than me and do not have diabetes? ” This work answers this puzzle. ”
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not make enough insulin or if the insulin it produces does not work properly – leading to high blood sugar levels.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar levels to be too high.
Over 4 million people in the UK are thought to have some form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight and is more likely to develop the disease if it has a family history.
This condition means that the body is not responding properly to insulin – the hormone that controls how sugar is absorbed into the blood – and it cannot regulate blood glucose levels properly.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as the build-up makes it harder to control glucose levels and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
Weight loss is key to reducing liver fat and managing symptoms.
Symptoms include tiredness, feeling thirsty and frequent urination.
It can lead to more serious nerve, vision, and heart problems.
Treatment usually involves changes in diet and lifestyle, but more serious cases may require treatment.
Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus can lead to blindness and leave patients in need of limb amputation or in a coma.
It affects approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US.
Although obesity is largely fueled, about 15 percent of all sufferers are of “normal weight”.
This puts them in a group known as TOFI – who are “thin on the outside and fat on the inside.”
TOFI are usually not recommended to lose weight, and doctors are convinced their condition may have a different cause.
But new findings prove that the guidelines – which have been pushed for years – are wrong.
Twenty participants were recruited for the study. They had an average BMI of 24.8 – defined as “healthy” weight.
All volunteers were asked to follow a daily regimen of 800 calories for two weeks, consisting of low-calorie smoothies and soups.
A similar diet called “game-changing” has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics to reverse their condition. The results have even shown that NHS doctors prescribe soups and smoothies to help obese Britons lose weight.
The participants were then allowed to forgo soups and smoothies but eat sensibly for up to six weeks to avoid gaining kilos 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, which allowed them to abandon all medications.
Reversal was defined as a blood sugar level remaining below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
Their average BMI dropped to 22.4.
Meanwhile, MRI scans showed that the levels of fat in their liver and pancreas had “dropped significantly”.
The results were presented to the European Society for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.
Marathon runner diagnosed with diabetes is currently in remission from soups and the sheikh diet
He had run his first marathon recently and David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes.
But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after having severe daily headaches and fainting because his blood sugar levels were too high.
He recently ran his first marathon and David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after severe daily headaches and fainting because his blood sugar levels were too high
Childs, 48, enrolled in the ReTUNE study to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, being one of about 10 percent of people with the disease who have a healthy weight.
A father of four from Cleadon Village in South Tyneside said: “Even my family doctor initially did not believe I had type 2 diabetes.
“I have no family history of diabetes, I am slim and I recently ran a marathon after a few half marathons.
“But unfortunately, even though I didn’t have a beer belly, I had excess fat in my liver.
“I was determined to take the pills I was given and turn them over if I could.”
Mr. Childs completed a two-month diet of soups and meal replacement shakes to lose about 10 percent of his body weight.
This brought the 48-year-old who is five feet 11 inches tall to a weight of 82 kg (12 stones 13 pounds).
Mr. Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, achieved remission of his diabetes mid-study and did not look back.
He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthily and has reduced his consumption of crisps and bread.
He said: “I was concerned that my future was with slowly increasing the amount of medications I take and the risk of developing health problems from diabetes.
“Now I still prick my finger every morning to check my blood sugar level and every time I see it is normal I smile to myself that I don’t have diabetes anymore.”