Type-2 diabetes affects 1 in 16 adults in the UK whose uncontrolled sugar levels that can lead to serious complications such as amputations, visual problems and heart disease.
A GP-led study revealed that consuming 850 calories a day for three months and maintaining the lower weight can reverse and hold off type-2 diabetes for at least two years. This programme worked for more than a third of the participating patients.
This study was built on earlier work which had also suggested weight loss is one significant solution to type-2 diabetes and offers more time off medication than previously believed. This challenges the view that type-2 diabetes is always a life-long, progressive condition.
One patient who was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes six years ago found it difficult to manage his blood sugars even though he was taking two types of medication to help stabilize his condition. And, although he found the new regime of the trial diet involving consuming only low-calorie shakes every day difficult, his rapid weight loss of 17Kg in 12 weeks kept him motivated. Up until then, he had believed he would continue to take medication forever.
After the three months, solid food was reintroduced to his diet which was challenging further still as he had to learn what to eat to maintain his new weight. However, with healthy eating alongside regular exercise, he has, 2 years later, successfully achieved this.
This participant was one of 149 people in Scotland and Tyneside who were put on a 12-30 week low-calorie diet of shakes and drinks to help initiate weight loss with solid meals being reintroduced over the following few weeks.
Results showed that after one year, 69 participants (46%) had gone into remission, compared with just 4% of people given standard treatment including pills. And after two years, 53 of them (36%) remained off medication and in remission.
Participants were encouraged to keep healthy, attend monthly meetings and had the choice of a “rescue” plan including using the liquid diet again, if they gained any weight.
Researchers said most of the weight-loss group whose diabetes had gone into remission had lost 10kg or more and maintained this weight loss during the trial.
However, weight loss was not the whole story. Type-2 diabetes returned in 16% of the participants who kept off 15kg or more for two years so further research is required to understand why. Some factors to consider though are the length of time these people had the condition before losing weight or if there were any dietary or genetic reasons which could have contributed to this.
Whilst the findings are exciting, this type of diet might not be suitable for everyone and anyone wishing to follow a programme like this should do so after seeking medical advice. In the meantime, the NHS in England is planning on piloting the programme and NHS Scotland has begun rolling out similar schemes.
Many overweight people have difficulty reaching their ideal weight due to believing they have no self-control. Andy Cox, clinical hypnotherapist at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in Poole, Wimborne and Dorchester, believes understanding this will help achieve our weight loss goals. After all, all living things want to survive and our subconscious wants us to live the longest we can, which means that our bodies would want to be a natural, healthy weight. However, somewhere along the line our minds have become mis-programmed. Eating, and the emotional reasons behind consuming calories in excess, is personal to everyone. Hypnosis can successfully address any practical and behavioural habits towards eating. For further information about how hypnotherapy can help you, call Andy for a free, no obligation chat on 07951159111.