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Type 2 diabetes: 5000 patients to test feasibility of “remission service”

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5114 (Published 30 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5114
  1. Jane Feinmann
  1. London

The NHS is to pilot a low calorie diet programme that can put type 2 diabetes into remission as the first treatment option for patients with a new diagnosis of the disease.

The approach will involve GPs prescribing a liquid diet of just over 800 kilocalories a day for three months, then a period of follow-up support, NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, announced on 30 November. It will first be offered to 5000 patients before being rolled out nationally.

The announcement followed a series of recent studies that have overturned the widely held view that type 2 diabetes is incurable and must be managed with medication. Most recently, the DiRECT trial, funded by Diabetes UK, showed that low calorie diets …

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