Type 2 diabetes affects around 4.5 million people in Britain and 37 million in the United States.  Although strongly driven by obesity, approximately 15% of all sufferers are 'normal weight' (stock)

Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can reverse their condition

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 a person with a 13th frame (83 kg) losing 1st 4 lbs (8 kg)
  • Newcastle Uni scientists presented their findings at a medical conference in Sweden
  • They said the results support the idea that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’

Even lean people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition with a diet of soup and shakes, researchers have revealed today.

And they only need to lose 10% of their body weight, experts say.

This is the equivalent of a person with a 13th frame (83 kg) losing 1st 4 lbs (8 kg).

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 around 4.5 million people in Britain and 37 million in the United States. Although strongly driven by obesity, approximately 15% of all sufferers are ‘normal weight’ (stock)

Professor Roy Taylor, world-renowned diabetes expert and lead researcher, said: “If you develop type 2 diabetes, you simply have more fat in your body than you can handle, even if you are apparently thin. .

“This excess fat spreads through your liver and pancreas, stopping normal functioning 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 do I have type 2 diabetes when all my friends are taller than me and don’t have diabetes?” This book answers that riddle.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces does not work properly, leading to high blood sugar.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that causes a person’s blood sugar to become too high.

It is believed that over 4 million people in the UK have some form of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight, and you may be more likely to get it if it runs in the family.

The condition means that the body does not respond properly to insulin – the hormone that controls blood sugar absorption – and cannot properly regulate blood glucose levels.

Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes because 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 controlling symptoms.

Symptoms include fatigue, feeling thirsty and frequent urination.

This 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 with limb amputations or comas.

It affects around 4.5 million people in Britain and 37 million in the United States.

Although strongly influenced by obesity, about 15% of all patients are “normal weight”.

This places them in the group known as TOFI – who are “thin on the outside and fat on the inside”.

TOFIs are generally not advised to lose weight, as doctors believe their condition has another cause.

But the new findings prove the guidelines – which have been pushed back for years – are wrong.

Twenty participants were recruited for the study. They had an average BMI of 24.8, defined as a “healthy” weight.

All the volunteers were asked to follow a daily diet of 800 calories 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 even saw NHS doctors prescribing soup and shakes to help obese Britons lose weight.

Participants were then allowed to give up soups and shakes, but eat sensibly for up to six weeks, so as not to regain the extra pounds.

The cycle was repeated up to three times, until they lost at least 10% of their body weight.

Fourteen volunteers went into remission, allowing them to drop all of their medications.

Reversal was defined as blood glucose remaining below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.

Their average BMI fell to 22.4.

Meanwhile, MRI scans showed fat levels in their liver and pancreas had dropped ‘significantly’.

The results were presented to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.

A marathon runner who was diagnosed with diabetes is now in remission after a diet of soups and shakes

Having recently run his first marathon, David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes.

But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering severe daily headaches and fainting as his blood sugar levels got too high.

Having recently run his first marathon, David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering severe daily headaches and fainting spells because his blood sugar got too high.

Having recently run his first marathon, David Childs seemed an unlikely candidate for type 2 diabetes. But he was diagnosed in June 2020 after suffering severe daily headaches and fainting spells because his blood sugar got too high.

Mr Childs, 48, enrolled in the ReTUNE trial to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, among around 10% of people with the disease who are of a healthy weight.

The father-of-four, from the village of Cleadon in 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 stop the pills I was given and reverse them if I could.”

Mr Childs followed a two-month diet of meal replacement soups and shakes to lose around 10% of his body weight.

It took the 48-year-old, who is five-foot-11, down to 82kg (12 stone and 13 pounds).

Mr Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, achieved remission from diabetes midway through the trial and has not looked back.

He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthy and has reduced his consumption of crisps and bread.

He said: ‘I was worried that my future would lead to a slow increase in my medication and a risk of diabetes-related health problems.

“Now every morning I still prick my finger to check my blood sugar and every time I see it’s normal I smile to myself thinking I don’t have diabetes anymore.”

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