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'I beat type 2 diabetes with 200 calorie drinks'

From BBC - December 5, 2017

Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a "watershed" trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow.

People spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss.

Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) and no longer needs diabetes pills. She says: "I have got my life back."

The charity Diabetes UK says the trial is a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients.

Isobel, from Largs in North Ayrshire, was one of 298 people on the trial.

Her blood sugar levels were too high, and every time she went to the doctors they increased her medication.

So, she went on to the all-liquid diet for 17 weeks - giving up cooking and shopping. She even ate apart from her husband, Jim.

Instead, she had four liquid meals a day.

It is hardly Masterchef - a sachet of powder is stirred in water to make a soup or shake. They contain about 200 calories, but also the right balance of nutrients.

Isobel told the BBC it was relatively easy as "you do not have to think about what you eat".

Once the weight has been lost, dieticians then help patients introduce healthy, solid meals.

"Eating normal food is the hardest bit," says Isobel.

The trial results, simultaneously published in the Lancet medical journal and presented at the International Diabetes Federation, showed:

Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: "It's a real watershed moment.

"Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type 2 as irreversible.

"But if we grasp the nettle and get people out of their dangerous state, they can get remission of diabetes."

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