A “watershed” trial involving almost 300 people has seen nearly half the participants reverse their type 2 diabetes in just five months.
Trial participants followed a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes for up to five months, which led to massive weight loss.
One participant, Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) and now no longer needs diabetes pills. "I've got my life back," she says.
Prior to the trial, Isobel’s blood sugar levels were too high and her diabetes medication was being increased on a regular basis.
So, she went on to the all-liquid diet for 17 weeks and gave up both cooking and shopping. She didn’t even eat meals with her husband during the trial.
Following the trial, 46% of participants were in remission a year later and 86% who lost 15kg (2st 5lb) or more put their type 2 diabetes into remission. Just 4% went into remission with the other best treatments currently used.
Speaking about the results of the trial, Prof Mike Lean, from Glasgow University, said: "It's hugely exciting. We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kg is enough to turn this disease (diabetes) around.”
The charity Diabetes UK says the trial is a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients.
The findings of the trial, which was conducted by the universities of Newcastle and Glasgow in the UK, were published in The Lancet and presented at the International Diabetes Federation.