NHS tests 850 calorie diet plan consisting of soup and shakes in a bid to beat diabetes

A strict diet plan of 850 calories a day is being
tested by the NHS which contains low- calorie soups and shakes in a bid to help
get rid of blood pressure tablets and reverse diabetes.

This is in response to a landmark medical study in
which nearly a third of patients on soups and shakes reversed their type 2
diabetes and remained free of it two years on.

Researchers have also studied 143 volunteers following a 12 week diet and results have shown that this has significantly lowered blood pressure, most likely through weight loss.

Of the 69 patients taken off blood pressure tablets
before starting the meal-replacement plan, two-thirds no longer needed the
drugs at the end of it.

More than a quarter were still off the tablets two
years later.

The researchers say the diet is safe and effective,
as long as a GP monitors blood pressure and reintroduces the drugs if needed.

Co-author of the study, Professor Roy Taylor, of
Newcastle University, said: “My patients, like so many, do not like swallowing
multiple tablets, and this study is important as we can now reassure them that
stopping blood pressure tablets is not only safe but also good for their

“We’ve shown that, when substantial weight loss is
achieved and maintained, patients can effectively manage both their blood
pressure and type 2 diabetes without drugs.”

The staggering results of the diet in obese
patients, some of whom cut their intake from 3,000 to 850 calories a day, led
the NHS to announce a pilot in September.

Diabetes affects around 4 million Brits, 90% of
which suffer from type 2 therefore doctors are set to introduce the plan to
5,000 patients across England in a bid to tackle this.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS national clinical
director for diabetes and obesity, said: “The pilot of low-calorie diets on the
NHS is under way, with people across the country already benefiting from the
diet, which has been shown to put type 2 diabetes into remission for those
recently diagnosed”.

While this low calorie diet plan was intended to just target diabetes, researchers decided to see if it could help reduce high blood pressure which at the moment is a national crisis and increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure fell significantly among the 143 volunteers following the 850 calorie a day soups and shake plan, from as early as week one for those who were not originally taking blood pressure medication.

For the 69 who came off blood pressure tablets, a
significant change began at week 9. None saw a worrying spike in blood pressure
from coming off their tablets. Of the 69, 23 had to restart some blood pressure
medication during the diet.

Previous studies have found that if you lose
weight, you will have better control over your blood pressure and no need for

Do you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure?

If you do, consult your GP and get started today with our Meal Replacement Shake diet. Each serving of our Strawberries and Cream or Chocolate Deluxe shake is only 310 calories and you can combine this with one of our well balanced soup recipes.


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