5/06/2017 Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) for Type 2 Diabetes

Research on very low calorie diets

The use of very low calorie diets for Type 2 Diabetes hit headlines when researchers at Newcastle University found that a VLCD was effective in reversing Type 2 Diabetes.  Since this initial research another high profile research study has started.  Diabetes UK are working with Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University and Professor Mike Lean at the University of Glasgow.  Their research team are looking at the long term effects of an intensive weight management plan that can help put Type 2 Diabetes into remission.

The study by Diabetes UK is called the DIRECT study. For further information on this please click on the link 

What is a very low calorie diet?

A very low calorie diet is defined as a diet with a calorie intake of 1000kcals/day or less. A very low calorie diet will typically involved replacing conventional foods with diet milkshakes, soups or bars.  It is not recommended that you maintain a very low calorie diet for longer than 12 weeks as extreme calorie reduction can lead to nutrition deficiencies and could even lead to heart problems.

Is the diet safe to follow?

Very low calorie diets are regarded as extreme diets and anyone interested in trying the diet should consult their doctor or specialist who can assess its suitability for you.

One issue with very low calorie diets is ensuring you get enough essential vitamins. A dietitian can help you to ensure your nutritional needs are best met whilst following the diet.

What diet is being used in the DIRECT study?

The diet used in DiRECT will last for between 8 and 20 weeks and provide around 800 calories a day. It will consist of four diet soups or shakes per day, providing all essential vitamins and minerals and lots of fluids.

How can I follow a similar diet?

If you are interested in following a similar diet then it is essential that you do so under medical supervision to ensure that it is appropriate for you to follow a VLCD.  It is also essential that you do so under the guidance of a Registered Dietitian.  At Eat Well Now we specialise in weight management issues and diabetes and can provide advice that is tailored to your individual needs.  We can advise on a range of low calorie diets including the Prodimed Protein Diet and other similar type diets using food replacement products.