The Fast Fix: Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is increasing in the UK and already accounts for 10% of the NHS budget this is equal to a cost of one and a half million pounds every hour. Four million people in the UK and it is estimated that there are 12 million people at risk.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could change this statistic by following a healthy diet and including regular exercise?
Diabetes is a condition which is likely to affect those who are overweight, inactive or have a family history of the disease. Diabetes causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. A healthy diet and regular exercise help to manage these sugar levels and ultimately manage your diabetes.
The ITV Fast Fix clinic conducted a social experiment to see whether diabetes can be reversed with making changes to your diet. The scientists involved in this TV experiment predict that these changes mean that diabetes can be reversed in four weeks. The five participants were challenged to live on an 800 calorie liquid diet, with the aim of reducing their weight, liver fat and glucose levels and put their diabetes into remission. If this fast works this could save their lives, as well as saving the NHS billions of pounds.
A memorable part of the programme came during an autopsy of a male diabetes sufferer. It was discovered that as a result of diabetes, the man had gained a large amount of visceral fat surrounding his organs, which if left untreated can lead to liver failure. The participants were left shocked at what they saw, with the realisation that if they did not change their lifestyle the person on the autopsy table could be them.
The results after the four week review were shocking and promising. All of the participants reduced their glucose levels and liver fat percentage. One participant even lost a whopping 24 pounds! This progress shows the benefits of the clinic’s drastic experiment, and poses the question as to whether similar clinics should be created to save the NHS billions.
The Fast Fix brought the effects of a bad diet and ultimately type 2 diabetes to light in the poignant line ‘eating badly can be a matter of life and death.’
Bite Club wants to provide a healthy food service where the nutritional benefits of each meal are just as important as the taste, this is what spurs us on to combat increasing health risks through diet.