This new diet has been proven to reverse type 2 diabetes in just 12 weeks
Designed with everyday life in mind, the diet is inspired by the way that humans are biologically designed to eat
- 09:27, 20 JAN 2016
- Updated 15:56, 20 JAN 2016
Millions of Brits who suffer from type 2 diabetes have been offered “real hope” after a new diet was proven to reverse the disease in just 12 weeks.
The diet works by actively reducing the build-up of fat in the pancreas, which can prevent the organ from producing sufficient levels of insulin.
Unlike existing plans, which limit calorific intake and impose radical exercise, the Back to Basics Diet is designed with “everyday life in mind”.
This minimises the risk of failure, and of lapses and binge eating – common drawbacks of most extreme, low-calorie diets.
The diet draws on seven years of research and on the latest scientific and medical studies, and inspired by the way that humans are biologically “designed to eat”.
Processed foods are replaced with the nutritious food that sustained mankind over millennia before the introduction of widespread agriculture.
It has been shown to reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in as little as three months when coupled with moderate levels of exercise.
Around 3.9 million Brits suffer from type 2 diabetes.
There is no known ‘cure’ but research has shown that the condition can be reversed – potentially for life – by maintaining a low-calorie diet
This conserves the long-term health of the pancreas and ensures that it produces enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
Eddy Marshall, director of BBC’s Holby City and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, was one of the first diabetics to trial the diet.
He was officially removed from the NHS’ Diabetic Register after medics warned that he would be “diabetic for the rest of his life”.
The Back to Basics Diet, which hits the shelves this week in paperback, was created by author David Hack.
Speaking yesterday, he said: “Type 2 diabetes is a growing menace that affects about one in every 16 people.
“It is debilitating and, in some severe cases, can contribute to an early grave. If this diet can help sufferers to rid themselves of diabetes – without negatively impacting their day-to-day lives –then I will be delighted.”
Diabetes is a common metabolic disease that prevents the body from creating or reacting to insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating glucose levels.
Unused glucose builds up in the bloodstream and, if left untreated, can affect many of the body’s vital organs.
It can be controlled with medication and insulin injections, but the condition claims the lives of 5% of sufferers and can reduce life expectancy by 10 years.
The number of sufferers is set to rise to five million by 2025, with the rapid increase blamed in part on poor diets and expanding waistlines.
It reportedly costs the NHS £10billion a year – a figure set to rise to almost £17billion by 2025.
Whilst there is no cure, research in 2011 found that a low-calorie, healthy lifestyle can reverse the symptoms and keep the condition at bay.
As they lose weight the body draws upon its own stores of fat to burn, clearing fatty deposits within the pancreas and liver which can otherwise interfere with insulin secretion and normal insulin action.
Until now, the vast majority of diabetics have been unable to maintain strict diet plans to prevent the condition from returning.
But the Back to Basics Diet promises to support ongoing weight loss through “realistic, short-term goals”.
David spent seven years at university studying biological sciences before researching and developing the diet, which prohibits processed foods like starchy carbohydrates, and most dairy products.
Unsurprisingly, takeaways and chocolate are off limits, too.
Fatty foods are replaced with organic meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and “plentiful volumes” of vegetables, salads and nuts.
By following the simple programme, which includes light exercise routines, ongoing case studies have highlighted “extremely hopeful” results.
These include Eddy, who was given the all-clear last month.
The director, who scooped Best Soap at the 2014 Soap Awards, hailed the Back to Basics Diet for his recovery.
He said: “Like many diabetics, when I first received the diagnosis my whole life seemed to come crashing down.
“My GP said she had never heard of anyone reversing type 2 diabetes but I decided to take it as a challenge rather than a sentence.
“I did some research online and came across a few extreme, low calorie-diets which had helped other diabetics reverse their condition, but the problem with these was that the requirements were so strict and limiting that I couldn’t see myself being able to stick to any for more than a few weeks.
“The Back to Basics Diet, however, seemed like something I could keep to without any major upheavals. I combined it with a regular exercise programme to help lose the weight gained through diabetes and now I’m all clear and off the Diabetics Register.”
David, a former RAF officer who served in the Gulf War, said: “The diet was designed first and foremost as a straightforward, sensible and simple weight loss diet that people, myself included, can stick to for life.
“But I was thrilled to hear from case studies like Eddy that they had been able to use the diet and associated exercise routine to reverse their diabetes. I didn’t intend the Back to Basics Diet to be a diabetes diet so this is a very welcome, though unexpected, bonus.”
He added: “The simple fact is that many extreme dietary programmes do work – and work well. But sticking to them is very difficult for most people.”
Eddy, who has lost almost 4st since starting the programme, is producing a TV documentary about the diet, which is set for release in late 2016.