“Being on the plan is the best thing I’ve ever done"
A man from Sheffield revealed that a ‘soups and shakes’ diet helped him to lose a huge amount of weight and put his diabetes into remission.
Forty-nine-year-old Nadeem Akhtar, who has Type 2 diabetes, decided to lose weight after losing his mother to diabetes.
After joining the NHS’ Soups and Shakes diet programme, Nadeem has lost three stone and put his Type 2 diabetes into remission.
The NHS created the programme to help people who have diabetes lose weight, and encourage them to maintain healthier habits.
It helps people control their blood sugar levels and reduces the need for diabetes-related medication.
Nadeem joined the programme because he did not want to go down the same path as his mother after seeing how “destructive this disease can be”.
He explained: “I lost my mum to diabetes, which was devastating.
“It really showed me just how destructive this disease can be and I really didn’t want to go down the same path.
“Being on the plan is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my family.
“It was hard at first, but my health coach was so understanding and really helped me through the difficult times and keep up healthier habits.
“Now, I feel so much better in myself and I would recommend the programme to anyone.”
The year-long programme is fully supported and monitored by expert clinicians and coaches throughout.
It kickstarts weight loss through loss calorie, diet replacement products such as soups and shakes for the first three months.
After this, the plan reintroduces healthy, nutritious food and people can track their progress through virtual one-to-ones, group sessions and digital support to help them maintain a healthier weight.
In February 2022, the NHS will be rolling out the programme to 11 other areas.
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.”
Diabetes is estimated to cost the NHS £10 billion a year, with treatment making up one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs.