Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can reverse their condition with ‘game-changing’ soup and shake diet: Top experts say patients just need to lose 10% of their body weight
- This is the equivalent of someone with a 13st (83kg) frame losing 1st 4lbs (8kg)
- Newcastle Uni scientists presented findings at a medical conference in Sweden
- They said findings support the idea that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’
Even slim people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a soup and shakes diet, researchers revealed today.
And they only need to lose 10 per cent of their body weight, experts believe.
This is the equivalent of someone with a 13st (83kg) frame losing 1st 4lbs (8kg).
Newcastle University scientists say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’.
Type 2 diabetes affects roughly 4.5million people in Britain and 37million in the US. Although heavily driven by obesity, roughly 15 per cent of all sufferers are of ‘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 cope with, even if apparently slim.
‘This excess fat spills into your 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’m often asked, “Why have I got type 2 diabetes when all my friends are larger than me and do not have diabetes?” The present work answers this conundrum.’
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or if the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly — leading to high blood sugar levels.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness and leave patients needing their limbs amputated or in a coma.
It affects roughly 4.5million people in Britain and 37million in the US.
Although heavily driven by obesity, roughly 15 per cent of all sufferers are of ‘normal weight’.
This puts them in the group known as TOFIs – who are ‘thin on the outside and fat on the inside’.
TOFIs are not usually advised to lose weight, with doctors under the belief that their condition has another cause.
But the new findings prove that guidance — which has been pushed out 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 of the volunteers were asked to stick to a daily 800 calorie regime for a fortnight, consisting of low-calorie shakes and soups.
A similar diet, labelled ‘game-changing’, has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition. The results have even seen NHS doctors prescribe soup and shakes to help obese Britons slim down.
Participants were then allowed to ditch 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 per cent of their body weight.
Fourteen volunteers went into remission, allowing them to ditch all their medication.
Reversal was defined as blood sugar levels staying below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
Their average BMI fell to 22.4.
Meanwhile, MRI scans showed levels of fat inside their liver and pancreas had fallen ‘substantially’.
The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.