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NHS Soups and Shakes Diet Helps Thousands Shed the Pounds

Nationally, over 2,000 people with Type 2 diabetes have now improved their health through the NHS Soups and Shakes diet programme – with participants losing an average of 13kg (over two stone) in three months.

The innovative programme was rolled out across Frimley ICS in 2020 as part of ten original pilot sites with the ambition of improving health and lifestyle for people living with Type 2 diabetes and in some cases, achieve diabetes remission.

Early data from the NHS programme shows participants each lose 7.2kg (over one stone) on average after one month, and 13.4kg (over two stone) after three months.

New data out late last month also shows that people on the programme who are eating and drinking the low-calorie alternatives not only lose weight but keep it off over time. These real-world findings are a significant step forward and come after trials showed that around half of people who had similar weight loss were able to achieve remission of their Type 2 diabetes after one year.

Diabetes is estimated to cost the NHS £10 billion a year, with treatment making up one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs. Projections also show that with the number of people being treated for diabetes continuing to grow - nearly 39,000 more people could suffer a heart attack in 2035, and over 50,000 could experience a stroke.

Read more from local participants on the programme

Hear from a local Frimley resident who is on the programme below 

More about the programme

  • An innovative one-year programme combining nutrition, emotional wellbeing and physical activity
  • Supports participants to achieve weight loss and long-term behaviour change
  • Support for the duration of the programme from your Health & Wellbeing diabetes practitioner via regular contact on a one-to-one basis, with online learning and supporting resources
  • One-to-one sessions currently held virtually.
  • Referral to the programme via your health professional following confirmation of the eligibility criteria and medication adjustments.

You can learn more about the programme including eligibility criteria here>>

Are you interested in joining the Low-Calorie Diet programme? 

It may seem daunting to begin a programme of lifestyle change and so we encourage you to think about the following:

  1. Are you motivated to complete 12 weeks of total diet replacement?
  2. Are you comfortable speaking with a Diabetes Practitioner in a 1:1 setting? 
  3. Are you ready to commit to doing this programme for 12 months with support from a Diabetes Practitioner, others on the programme and online learning?
  4. Still not sure the programme is for you? You can sign up to Low Calorie Diet information sessions here 

What our experts say about the programme

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS national clinical director for diabetes and obesity said: “The fantastic results our participants have achieved through this programme are really encouraging, and show that real-world experience is in line with what we have found in trials. We know this weight loss will go a long way to help people stay well and avoid preventable illness, and for many will also mean they can put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

“This is also the latest example of the NHS rapidly adopting the latest evidence-based treatments to help people with Type 2 diabetes live well. With research showing that obesity causes more severe illness from Covid-19, as well as other serious diseases, there has never been a more important time to lose weight.”

Frimley Health and Care

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