The NHS announced that 5,000 more people in England with type 2 diabetes will be offered the chance to try the ‘life-saving’ soup and shake diet weight-loss plan for free.
Diabetes is estimated to cost the NHS £10 billion a year, while almost one in 20 prescriptions written by doctors is for diabetes treatment. NHS research earlier this year also revealed people with type 2 diabetes were two times more at risk of dying from coronavirus.
Some NHS patients have already benefited from the year-long diet and exercise plan, consisting of ‘total diet replacement products’ such as shakes and soups alongside support to increase their exercise levels, so NHS England wants to offer the scheme to more people.
Results from one trial showed almost half of those who went on the diet achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes after one year.
The programme is in addition to the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which has had over 600,000 referrals.
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS national clinical director for diabetes and obesity said: “This is the latest example of how the NHS, through our Long Term Plan, is rapidly adopting the latest evidence-based treatments to help people stay well, maintain a healthy weight and avoid major diseases.
“There has never been a more important time to lose weight and put their type 2 diabetes into remission, so it’s good news for thousands of people across the country that practical, supportive measures like this are increasingly available on the NHS.”