Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK. Around 90 per cent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could lower your chances of diabetes by following a LighterLife diet plan, it’s been claimed.
LighterLife uses total diet replacement Foodpacks to help patients lose weight, according to diabetes patient Mike Jarman, 38.
Along with exercise and cognitive behaviour therapy, Jarman reversed his type 2 diabetes after just four months, he said.
His blood sugar levels dropped from 108mmol/mol to a ‘normal’ 48mmol/mol.
“When I was 26 years old and had hit the 28st mark, I suddenly noticed my body and behaviours changing,” Jarman told Express.co.uk.
“I was struggling to sleep, I needed the toilet every 40 minutes and, on one occasion after getting up all night, I was too exhausted to get up again and I wet the bed.
“I honestly believe that my problem with food has always been because I work on the road. Meal prepping is rarely an option; most of my meals used to come from pit stops at different service stations, and when you’re grabbing something on the go you don’t look at the calorie count.”
Jarman started following the LighterLife diet after he personally struggled to lose weight.
Their Foodpacks were a convenient and easy way to keep his energy levels up while working, without having to worry about what he was going to eat later, he said.
“But what really helped was the group counselling and cognitive behavioural therapies LighterLife uses,” said Jarman. “Much like the football group, my group and LighterLife Mentor made me accountable for everything, but what helped more was that I could use the time to share ideas and advice with other people going through a similar journey to me.
“I always came away feeling more positive about life and what I wanted to achieve.”
Jarman’s story was revealed on ITV’s This Time Next Year, at 9pm on Tuesday February 5.
You could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by following a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise, said the NHS.
There aren’t any foods that diabetes patients should actively avoid, but it’s important to limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt in their diet.
Meanwhile, everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
You could be at risk of diabetes symptoms if you’re passing more urine than normal, feeling very tired, or have an unquenchable thirst.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.