Around half of those who went on the diet achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes after one year, according to the results of one trial.
As previously reported, NHS research earlier this year revealed people with type 2 diabetes are two times more at risk of dying from Covid-19.
An additional study recently published by the University of North Carolina found that people with obesity are 113% more likely to be admitted to hospital with coronavirus and 74% more likely to need intensive care treatment.
Bev, one of the first patients to benefit from the diets during trials, said: “My goal for the first eight weeks of the low calorie diet was to lose 5% of my body weight – which I achieved in six weeks – and in total I’ve lost over 10kgs, my type 2 diabetes is now in remission and I no longer have to take any medication – I am over the moon.
“Since the low-calorie diet programme, my mind set has totally changed for the better and I look at food differently now – my shopping habits are far healthier and, when I eat out, I’ll go for a healthier option. The programme has taught me moderation.
“My skin is clearer, and people say that I’ve got my sparkle back – I didn’t realise that I’d lost it but now I see that I definitely had. I can honestly say that the low-calorie diet programme changed my life for the better.”
The sites rolling out the low-calorie diet programme are:
- North East and Yorkshire: South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS, and Humber Coast & Vale STP
- North West: Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
- South East: Frimley Health and Care STP
- South West: Gloucestershire STP
- Midlands (West and East): Derbyshire STP, and Birmingham and Solihull STP
- East of England: Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) ICS
- London: North East London, and North Central London
Sites across the country will test evidence from the original trials in a ‘real world’ implementation during a 12-month treatment course.
People living with type 2 diabetes who have been diagnosed with the condition in the last six years will be considered for the pilot tests to try the diet plan.
Individuals must also meet other eligibility criteria to be referred to the service to ensure the programme is right for them.
The interventions will provide Total Diet Replacement products alongside virtual one-to-ones, group sessions and digital support.