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NHS England has announced that it’s expanding its programme to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes.

One in eleven adults worldwide have diabetes and most have type 2. Nine out of ten people in the UK have type 2 diabetes which is strongly linked to lifestyle and diet.

Around two thirds of adults and one third of children are currently over-weight or obese which is driving up the rates of the condition.

For the past three years in England a type 2 prevention programme has been running with very positive results.

The proposed programme will consist of up to 5,000 patients following 800 calories a day diet in the form of soups and diet shakes.

Treating diabetes costs the UK NHS around £10 bn a year. Given that 10% of their budget is allocated to the treatment of diabetes, it’s no surprise that they’re now focussing their efforts on implementing preventative measures in people’s lives.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high. The pancreas produces the hormone insulin which is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or when the body’s cells don’t respond to insulin.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

Typical symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Urinating more than usual, often at night
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling very tired
  • Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • Feeling very thirsty

The signs of diabetes are frequently quite mild and may develop gradually over several years.

Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is important as it may reduce your risk of developing complications later.

Complications associated with type 2 diabetes

If diabetes is left untreated it can lead to many other health problems which include:

  • High glucose levels can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
  • If you have diabetes you are five times more likely to develop heart attack or stroke.
  • High glucose levels can damage the tiny blood vessels in your nerves.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is when the retina (the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye) becomes damaged.
  • Kidney damage
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Risk of foot ulcers

At this time, over 250,000 people who were on the verge of developing type 2 diabetes have been referred to classes which offer support and advice on healthy diet, food and exercise. Many studies have identified the link between remission of diabetes through dieting.

How does diet affect diabetes?

Dieting helps shed the fat which has built up around the pancreas, allowing the organ to work properly again and produce enough of the hormone insulin.

Weight loss of 10-15kg is enough to turn this disease around.

How does this meal replacement diet work?

The all liquid diet consists of low-calorie soups and/or shakes which contain about 200 calories per serving and contain the right balance of nutrients. This very low-calorie diet can result in massive weight loss which will in turn force type 2 diabetes into remission.

What happens after trial diet is complete?

Patients receiving this treatment will then receive follow up support and be advised to keep to a healthy diet in the future.

Doctors are not referring to this diet as a cure as gaining the weight back can cause diabetes to return.

Once the weight has been lost, dieticians will help introduce healthy, solid meals. Partial meal replacements (which involve replacing one or two meals a day with meal replacement shakes) have been shown to lead to greater weight loss compared with a reduced calorie diet. Other benefits of using meal replacement shakes include eliminating the need for calorie counting and reducing the need to plan your meals.

This programme is set to undergo a significant expansion, helping 200,000 people a year. If this programme is of interest to you or you feel that you would like to explore the benefits attributed with partial meal replacement shakes, then why not try out our reduced sugar Forza Shake it Slim starter pack and free shaker bundle?

These meal replacement shakes come in three delicious flavours and contain only 200 calories per serving! Order this starter pack today and receive a free advanced sports nutrition bottle specifically designed for improved mixability.

These shakes are designed to support safe and healthy weight management and they should be used alongside at least one balanced meal.

Early intervention could rule out ever contracting diabetes and this could prevent risk of complications or even death.

For more information regarding type 2 diabetes you can check out resources such as NHS or Diabetes.co.uk