Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can reverse their condition with a ‘game-changing’ diet of soups and smoothies – top experts say patients only need to lose 10% of their body weight
- This is the equivalent of someone with a 13 frame (83 kg) losing the first 4 pounds (8 kg)
- Scientists from Newcastle Uni presented findings at a medical conference in Sweden
- They said the findings support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold.”
Even lean people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a diet of soups and smoothies, researchers revealed today.
And they only need to lose 10 percent of their body weight, experts believe.
This is the equivalent of someone with a 13 frame (83 kg) losing the first 4 pounds (8 kg).
Scientists at Newcastle University say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold”.
Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 4.5 million people in Britain and 37 million in the US. Although strongly driven by obesity, about 15 percent of all patients are ‘normal weight’ (stock)
Professor Roy Taylor, a world-renowned diabetes expert and lead researcher, said: “If you develop type 2 diabetes, you simply have more fat inside your body than you can handle, even if you appear thin.”
This excess fat spills into the liver and pancreas, stopping normal function and causing type 2 diabetes.
‘You only need an extra half gram of fat in the pancreas to prevent normal insulin production.
“I am often asked: ‘Why do I have type 2 diabetes when all my friends are older than me and don’t have diabetes?’
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or if the insulin it does produce does not work properly, leading to high blood sugar levels.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to rise too high.
More than 4 million people in the UK are thought to have some form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight and you are more likely to have it if you are a family member.
The condition means that the body does not react properly to insulin, the hormone that controls the absorption of sugar in the blood, and cannot properly regulate blood sugar and glucose levels.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, since the accumulation makes it difficult to control glucose levels and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
Weight loss is the key to reducing liver fat and managing symptoms.
Symptoms include tiredness, feeling thirsty, and frequent urination.
It can lead to more serious problems with the nerves, vision, and heart.
Treatment usually involves changing your diet and lifestyle, but more severe cases may require medication.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness and leave patients requiring limb amputation or in a coma.
It affects approximately 4.5 million people in Great Britain and 37 million in the US.
Although strongly driven by obesity, approximately 15 percent of all patients are “normal weight.”
This places them in the group known as TOFI, which are ‘thin on the outside and fat on the inside’.
TOFI patients are generally not advised to lose weight, as doctors believe their condition has another cause.
But the new findings prove the guidance, which has been deferred for years, is wrong.
Twenty participants were recruited for the study. They had an average BMI of 24.8, defined as a “healthy” weight.
All volunteers were asked to follow a daily 800-calorie regimen for fifteen days, consisting of low-calorie shakes and soups.
A similar diet, labeled a “game changer,” has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition. The results have even prompted NHS doctors to prescribe soup and shakes to help obese Britons lose weight.
Participants were then allowed to ditch the soups and smoothies but eat sensibly for up to six weeks, lest they gain the weight back.
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 get rid of all their medications.
Reversal was defined as blood sugar levels that remain below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
His average BMI fell to 22.4.
Meanwhile, MRIs showed that the levels of fat within her liver and pancreas had decreased “substantially.”
The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.
Marathon runner who was diagnosed with diabetes is now in remission after soup and smoothie diet
Having recently run his first marathon, David Childs seemed like an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes.
But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering from daily severe headaches and blackouts, because his blood sugar had risen too high.
Having recently run his first marathon, David Childs seemed like an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after experiencing severe daily headaches and blackouts because his blood sugar had risen too high.
Mr. Childs, 48, signed up for the ReTUNE trial to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, as one of about 10 percent of people with the condition who are at a healthy weight.
The father of four, from the South Tyneside village of Cleadon, said: ‘Even my GP didn’t think I had type 2 diabetes at first.
‘I have no family history of diabetes, I am skinny and had recently run a marathon, after several half marathons.
“But unfortunately, even though I didn’t have a beer belly, I did have excess fat in my liver.
“I was determined to get off the tablets I had been given and reverse them if I could.”
Childs completed two-month diets of meal replacement soups and shakes to lose about 10 percent of her body weight.
That brought the 48-year-old, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, to a weight of 12 stone 13 pounds (82 kg).
Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, achieved remission of diabetes midway through the trial and hasn’t looked back.
He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthy and has reduced his consumption of chips and bread.
He said: ‘I was worried that my future would involve slowly increasing my medication and risking health problems due to diabetes.
“Now, every morning I still prick my finger to check my blood sugar, and every time I see that it’s normal, I smile because I no longer have diabetes.”