NHS diabetic soup and shake diet plan – how does it work and am I eligible?

A new low-calorie diet plan is being introduced by the NHS to help people with diabetes lose weight. The NHS’ revolutionary soup and shake diet plan could help type 2 patients while saving health services money

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NHS shake-and-soup diabetes plan praised by nutritionists

The NHS soup and shake diet Plan should help more diabetic up and down the country.

people who live with Type 2 diabetes in the UK often struggle with weight issues and shifting the extra pounds can be difficult.

But one NHS Diet promises to help with that.

Due to the complications that the condition can cause, diabetes is valued at the expense NHS about £10 billion a year, so the health service is keen to expand the scheme if it continues to achieve the same results.

About 2,000 people took part in the first program and followed a very simple diet change.

It seems to be working, so what’s the diet?

What is the NHS Soup and Shake Diet and how does it work?

Diabetes can cause all sorts of complications, but the soup and shake meal plan can help patients lose weight


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The diet requires diabetics to replace normal meals with low-calorie substitutes like soup and shakes for a three-month trial.

said NHS England: “Eligible participants will be offered up to 12 weeks of low-calorie whole food replacements — such as soups and shakes totaling approximately 900 calories per day. During this time, participants replace all regular meals with these products.”

Additional support and monitoring will also be provided throughout the three-month program. This can be anything from group based, one to one or digital.

The NHS Soup and Shake diet plan is being rolled out across England and can help diabetics lose enough weight to put the disease into remission


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Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, said: “The fantastic results our participants have achieved through this program are really encouraging and show that real-world experience is consistent with what we have found in studies .”

It was found that the participants in the first trial had lost an average of 7.2 kg and after three months they had lost 13.4 kg – about two stone.

Previous clinical data in which Diabetes UK -funded ‘DiRECT’ study, saw that “almost half of those on a low-calorie diet achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes after one year”.

Prof Valabhji continued, “We know that this weight loss will help people stay healthy and avoid preventable diseases, and for many it also means they can put type 2 diabetes into remission.”

People are given help and advice on coming off the diet.

How do I get on the soup and shake diet?

Soups and shakes could be the way forward for diabetics


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The diet is slowly being introduced across England at the moment.

To qualify, participants must be between the ages of 18 and 65 and have had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes within the past six years.

People of white ethnicity must have a BMI greater than 60 pounds per square foot, while black, Asian, and other ethnic groups should have a BMI greater than 50 pounds per square foot2 .

You can contact your GP if you are eligible and are currently in the following regions:

  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes
  • Birmingham and Solihull
  • Derbyshire
  • Frimley
  • Gloucestershire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Humber Coast and Vale
  • North Central London
  • North East London
  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
  • Black Country and West Birmingham
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Kent and Medway
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria
  • Middle and South Essex
  • North East and North Cumbria
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Somerset
  • South West London
  • Sussex
  • West Yorkshire

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