As Seen On Tv
I know some of my readers already know that I took part in a groundbreaking health documentary for ITV called The Fast Fix Diabetes. Now it will soon be Diabetes Awareness Day so I want to talk about this god awful disease to raise more awareness in time for this day.
I can not reiterate enough how devastating this illness can be. It is not just a disease controlled by medication or injections it is a disease that actually kills!
Why does losing weight work?
During the process of filming, we have several MRI scans to check our body, ectopic and visceral fat in our bodies. This is because body fat building up around the pancreas causes stress to the beta cells in the organ that controls blood sugar levels. This is because they stop producing enough of the hormone insulin, and that causes blood sugar levels to rise out of control.
Dieting loses the fat, and then the pancreas works properly again. You basically give your body a kick start. The trial I took part in looked at only patients diagnosed in the past 2 years but they did other trials using the past 6 years. It is thought having type 2 diabetes for very long periods of time may cause irreversible damage.
Prof Mike Lean, from Glasgow University, told the BBC: “It’s hugely exciting.”
“We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kg is enough to turn this disease around. One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and most of them have type 2. Uncontrolled sugar levels cause damage throughout the body, leading to organ failure, blindness and limb amputations”.
Treating the disease costs the UK’s NHS about £10bn a year. Dr Elizabeth Robertson, the director of research at Diabetes UK, said: “[The trial has] the potential to transform the lives of millions of people. The trial is ongoing so that we can understand the long-term effects of an approach like this.”
We were looked after by Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University and Professor Jason Gill from Glasgow University.
Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a “watershed” trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow.
People in these trials have spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss.
The Fast Fix House
I went into the Fast Fix house so very poorly and was on so much medication. I left that house a completely different person. They took us all off our Metformin on the very first day and not one of us has gone back on it 11 months later.
The charity Diabetes UK says the trials have been a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients. So, we went on to the all-liquid diet for 12 weeks as part of the documentary and then carried on ourselves afterwards. Instead of our usual diet, we had four liquid meals a day.
It is hardly Masterchef – a sachet of powder is stirred in water to make a soup or shake. They contain about 200 calories, but also the right balance of nutrients. I found this easier than weight watchers and slimming world. I’ve tried both and they can be so complicated with counting points and sins etc. With this, there is no thinking involved and it is easy! Easy is easier to stick to!
Once we lost the weight we had a dietician helped us introduce healthy, solid meals which was also easy at that stage. Your tastes for foods completely change through the process.
The other trial results, simultaneously published in the Lancet medical journal and presented at the International Diabetes Federation, showed:
- 46% of patients who started the trial were in remission a year later
- 86% who lost 15kg (2st 5lb) or more put their type 2 diabetes into remission
- Only 4% went into remission with the best treatments currently used
Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: “It’s a real watershed moment. Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type 2 as irreversible. But if we grasp the nettle and get people out of their dangerous state, they can get remission of diabetes.”
However, doctors are not calling this a cure. If the weight goes back on, then diabetes will return. It is a lifestyle change. You use these products to lose the weight quickly re-boot your pancreas and liver then start eating healthier and a low carb diet.
The products we used were by Exante. I will be honest the very first one I tried I hated and I have never been a fan of thick shakes ever. I remember years ago trying protein shakes after exercising and they made me vomit each time. So as you can imagine the first day when I found out it was shakes I could have cried.
We made the first one using water straight from the tap and it was revolting. We decided to put some water bottles in the fridge and the second time we used that water and what a difference! It tasted like a completely different product. After that second one, I just felt like punching the air “I could do this”.
Try Them All
We all found our favourites quick quickly. My two staples were Cherry Bakewell and Cherries and Berries, Steve loved all the sweet ones particularly the lemon cheesecake. Luke very soon got into the swing of it and quite often volunteered to make them. I don’t know what he did to them but they were fab. He would mix flavours together and they were fantastic. Seriously Exante diet meal replacement shakes are gorgeous.
I’ve been quite poorly the past couple of months fighting off viruses but I’m feeling back on track enough to start the 4 shakes again from tomorrow until the end of the year and finally get to my healthy BMI.
These shakes have changed my life to the extent that I can’t find the words to describe it. I literally went into the house as one person and came out as another. I don’t want to be that person ever again.
If you have type 2 diabetes (not on insulin) or are pre-diabetic give this diet a go. Make sure you are telling the doctor what you are doing and then crack on. You can visit my blog as often as you like as there is plenty of information on here and motivational posts etc. You can also message me and leave comments.
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I love to hear all your success stories so please keep them coming.