Even slim people with type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition through a soup and shakes diet, researchers revealed today.
And they only need to lose 10 per cent of their body weight, experts believe. .
Professor Roy Taylor, a world renowned diabetes expert and lead researcher, said: 'If you develop type 2 diabetes, you simply have more fat inside your body than you can cope with, even if apparently slim.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't make enough insulin, or if the insulin it makes doesn't work properly — leading to high blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition which causes a person's blood sugar to get too high.
The condition means the body does not react properly to insulin – the hormone which controls absorption of sugar into the blood – and cannot properly regulate sugar glucose levels in the blood.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as the buildup makes it harder to control glucose levels, and also makes the body more resistant to insulin.
A similar diet, labelled 'game-changing', has been shown to help overweight type 2 diabetics reverse their condition.
The cycle was repeated up to three times, until they lost at least 10 per cent of their body weight.
Reversal was defined as blood sugar levels staying below the technical threshold for diabetes for at least six months.
Mr Childs, 48, signed up to the ReTUNE trial to reverse type 2 diabetes last March, as one of around 10 per cent of people with the condition who are a healthy weight
Mr Childs completed two month-long diets of meal-replacement soups and shakes to lose around 10 per cent of his body weight
'Now every morning I still prick my finger to check my blood sugar and, every time I see it is normal, I smile to myself that I don't have diabetes any more.'