Even SLIM type 2 diabetics can reverse their condition with a game-changing soup-and-smoothie diet – top experts say patients only need to lose 10% of their body weight
- This is the equivalent of someone with a 13 (83kg) frame losing 8kg (4lbs)
- Newcastle Uni scientists presented the results at a medical conference in Sweden
- They said the findings support the idea that everyone has a “personal fat threshold”
Even thin people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition using a diet of soup and smoothies, researchers revealed today.
And they only need to lose 10 percent of their body weight, experts believe.
That’s the equivalent of someone with a 13 (83 kg) frame losing 4 pounds (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 approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US. Although heavily driven by obesity, about 15 percent of all sufferers 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 look thin.”
“This excess fat dumps into the liver and pancreas stopping normal function and causing type 2 diabetes.
“You only need half an extra 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 older than me and don’t have diabetes?’ The present work answers this conundrum”.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly, causing high blood sugar levels.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that causes a person’s blood sugar to become 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 may be more likely to have it if it runs in your family.
The condition means that the body does not react properly to insulin, the hormone that controls the absorption of sugar into the blood, and cannot properly regulate blood sugar glucose levels.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as the accumulation makes it harder to control glucose levels and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
Weight loss is the key to reducing fatty liver and controlling symptoms.
Symptoms include tiredness, feeling thirsty, and frequent urination.
It can cause 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 needing to have limbs amputated or in a coma.
It affects approximately 4.5 million people in the UK and 37 million in the US.
Although it is heavily driven by obesity, about 15 percent of all sufferers are of “normal weight.”
This places them in the group known as TOFI, who are “thin on the outside and fat on the inside”.
TOFIs are not usually advised to lose weight, and doctors believe their condition has another cause.
But the new findings show that the guidance, which has been received 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 an 800-calorie daily diet for a fortnight, consisting of low-calorie smoothies and soups.
A similar diet, called a “game changer,” has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition. The results have even seen NHS doctors prescribing soups and smoothies to help obese Britons lose weight.
The participants were then allowed to give up the soups and smoothies, but ate sensibly for up to six weeks, so they didn’t pack the pounds back on.
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 their medications.
Reversal was defined as blood sugar levels remaining below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
Their average BMI fell to 22.4.
Meanwhile, MRI scans showed that the levels of fat within the liver and pancreas had dropped “substantially”.
The results were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm.
The marathon runner who was diagnosed with diabetes is now in remission after the 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 severe daily headaches and fainting spells because his blood sugar had become 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 suffering from severe daily headaches and fainting, because his blood sugar it had become too high.
Childs, 48, signed up for the ReTUNE trial to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, as one of the roughly 10 percent of people with the disease who are at 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 am thin and I had recently run a marathon, after several half marathons.
“But unfortunately, while I didn’t have a beer belly, I did have excess fat in my liver.
“I was determined to take the tablets I had been given and reverse them if I could.”
Mr Childs completed two months of meal replacement soup and shake diets to lose around 10% of his body weight.
This saw the 48-year-old, who is five feet 11 inches tall, drop to 82kg (12 stone 13lb).
Childs, who works for a pharmaceutical company, achieved diabetes remission halfway through the trial and hasn’t looked back.
He runs twice a week, tries to eat healthy and has reduced his consumption of potatoes and bread.
He said: “I was worried that my future involved slowly increasing my medication and being at risk of health problems from diabetes.
“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 because I no longer have diabetes.”