Expert advice to regain your health
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce enough of the hormone secreted by the pancreas that moves glucose from the blood and in to the cells where it can be used for energy. Subsequently, glucose builds up in the blood to an abnormally high level.

With soaring blood glucose levels, comes a raft of dangerous health complications. Research shows that diabetes generally cuts 10 years off a persons life. It more than doubles your risk of dementia, heart attack and stroke. It is also a leading cause of kidney failure, leg amputation, impotency and preventable blindness.

Diabetes has always been thought to be a lifelong condition. However, there is emerging evidence that type 2 diabetes can in fact be reversed in some people1,2. The research to date has a common thread; the people who have reversed their diabetes have done so by losing large amounts of body weight, often the equivalent of 10-15% of their total body weight after adopting a very low calorie diet1,2.
The research fits with the idea that type 2 diabetes is the result of too much fat in the liver and pancreas interfering with hormone production. It is believed that with rapid weight loss excess fat from the liver and pancreas quickly drains out, which can potentially allow hormone release to return to normal, restore normal blood sugars and thus putting diabetes in to remission.

The initial phase is a supervised, 8 week, very low calorie diet, essentially 800 calories a day. The goal is to lose at least 10-15% of your body weight, possibly more during that period. This is followed by a guided progression back into a more normal eating pattern and a maintenance diet.
The important thing to grasp that this is not just a one-off weight loss program to be done and dusted in a matter of weeks. The ‘reversal’ may be only remission and dependant on healthy eating and long term avoidance of weight re-gain.

This approach may not be suitable for everyone. Firstly, the diet itself is quite a bold one which will require a motivated individual to adhere to the degree of strictness required in the initial 8 weeks. Secondly, it isn’t a guarantee for reversing diabetes in every case.  The research demonstrated that the longer a person had type 2 diabetes the less chance they had of reversing it. However, all participants showed major improvements in blood glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol levels1.

One should not embark on a very low calorie diet without medical supervision. If you have Type 2 Diabetes and are thinking about trying this approach, you will need to be under the supervision of a Dietitian with experience in assisting clients on very low calorie diets, like myself. I work in collaboration with your General Practitioner and any other allied health practitioners to ensure best practice.
If you are interested in trying this approach, or simply better managing your diabetes come chat with us here at Peak Health Nutrition. Our Diabetes weight loss program can be personally tailored for each goal.

*Disclaimer:  Results may vary from person to person

  1. Steven S, Hollingsworth KG, Al-Mrabeh A, Avery L, Aribisala B, Caslake M, Taylor R. Very low calorie diet and 6 months of weight stability in Type 2 diabetes: Pathophysiologic changes in responders and non-responders. Diabetes Care, March 2016.
  2. Lim EL, Hollingsworth KG, Aribisala BS, Chen MJ, Mathers JC,  Taylor R. Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol.  Diabetologia, October 2011.



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  1. Food & Health Assessment
  2. 1 x Initial Consultation
  3. 4 x Review Consultations
  4. Personalised Dietary Plan
  5. Tailored education resource package
  6. 2 x Body Composition Assessments (Start & Finish)
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