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NHS to prescribe thousands of diabetes patients a liquid diet

Up to 5000 type 2 diabetes patients will follow an 800-calorie daily diet of soup and smoothies in the hope of reversing the disease

Smoothie

The NHS has announced the expansion of a programme that aims to boost the chances of remission in type 2 diabetes patients through a liquid diet of soup and smoothies.

Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of serious health problems, including diabetic retinopathy.

A trial last year involving more than 300 patients found almost half of those who went on the low-calorie diet achieved remission from diabetes after one year.

One in four diabetes patients prescribed the diet achieved weight loss of 15 kilograms or more

The diet will now be prescribed to up to 5000 type 2 diabetes patients.

They will follow the 800-calorie daily diet for three months and then receive a period of follow up support.

The results of the original trial are published in The Lancet.