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Can a Very Low Calorie Diet Reverse Diabetes?

Diabetes UK has found that 12.3 million people in the UK are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.*

What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, which is often a hereditary condition, Type 2 Diabetes can be brought on from various lifestyle choices and factors and in some instances can even be reversed.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your pancreas no longer produces enough insulin (a hormone which regulates the amount of glucose in your blood) or your body begins to build up insulin resistance.

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What can cause Type 2 Diabetes?
As mentioned, Type 2 Diabetes can often be brought on through certain lifestyle conditions. These might include things such as:

  • Carrying too much excess body fat.
  • Being inactive often leads to being overweight, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
  • Having high blood pressure or cholesterol.


Can your diet help reverse Type 2 diabetes?
As with any health condition, we always recommend consulting your healthcare professional before starting any diet.

As well as medication, lifestyle changes may be suggested to you as a way to help normalize your blood glucose levels.

A landmark trial funding by Diabetes UK suggests it is possible to put Type 2 diabetes into remission using an intensive low calorie diet-based weight management programme.**

The study from Glasgow University in 2017 found “almost 9 in 10 participants who lost more than 15kg on programme put their condition into remission”.

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What is a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)?
Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) have been used in the UK for over 20 years and have been medically proven to help reduce weight.

They are designed to help you lose weight while providing good quality protein, nutrition and all essential fats and vitamins that your body requires to stay healthy while losing weight.

VLCDs normally contain between 400-800 calories per day and are used to encourage rapid weight loss and are not meant to be used for any longer than 12 weeks at a time.

This diet replaces all of your usual meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with meal replacement products such as shakes and bars.

Take a look at Diet Now’s very low calorie diet plans.


References:

* https://www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals/position-statements-reports/statistics

** https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_562729_en.html

21 Jun 2018 By Laura Imrie