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A radical TV experiment has revealed that it may be possible to reverse type 2 diabetes and its risk to sufferers' health in just four weeks.
In The Fast Fix: Diabetes, which airs on ITV tonight, a team of doctors challenged five patients to overhaul their lifestyles by surviving on a mere 800 calories a day.
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Doctors tested their weight, liver fat percentage and glucose levels prior to and after the experiment, before challenging them to survive on four 200 calorie shakes a day.
The experiment appeared to pay off, as one participant had no symptoms of the condition after four weeks by reducing his liver fat percentage from 27.5 to 7.5, while others successfully reduced their glucose levels.
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Surviving on such a low calorie diet - just 200 calories more than the level considered to be starvation - came with a range of side effects including constipation and loss of energy.
However, the programme seemed to prove that its possible to reverse the condition that puts patients at risk of complications such as heart attacks and losing limbs, which could save the NHS hundreds of billions in the long run.
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Twenty per cent of the NHS budget every year is spent on treating diabetes.
The ambitious experiment tested whether it was possible to cure type 2 diabetes with diet and weight loss alone.
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The group lived in a house in the Sussex Downs where they were cut off from temptation and motivated to help each other through the process.
Dan was the show's biggest success story, as he...
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