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An ultra low-calorie diet that can reverse type 2 diabetes is to form part of a pilot run by the NHS in England. The 800-calorie a day diet using liquid meals and shakes will be prescribed for three months, initially to 5,000 people, and follow-up support given. Nine out of 10 people with diabetes in the UK have type 2, which is strongly linked to diet and lifestyle. An NHS England programme to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes is also being expanded. A trial at the end of last year of the very low-calorie diet has helped almost half of those involved to reverse the condition. It is now set to be rolled out more widely to judge whether this success can be replicated in a broader population. Full story

30 November