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The 5:2 diet championed by the Daily Mail’s Dr Michael Mosley, and favored by politicians and celebrities, works better than type 2 diabetes drugs, study suggests

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The 5:2 diet, made famous by TV diet guru and Mail columnist Dr Michael Mosley, produces better results for patients with type 2 diabetes than medication, study suggests

The 5:2 diet, made famous by TV diet guru and Daily Mail columnist Dr Michael Mosley, produces better results for patients with type 2 diabetes than medication, a study suggests.

The much-loved doctor and author, who died earlier this month at the Agia Marina resort in Crete, was best known for his revolutionary weight loss plan which involves fasting two days a week and eating a balanced diet the rest of the time. .

Politicians such as former chancellor George Osborne and Rishi Sunak are said to have tried fasting.

And Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Kourtney Kardashian are among the Hollywood celebrities who have jumped on the diet trend since it rose to fame in the early 2010s.

Now, a clinical trial of overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes has found that this approach can improve blood glucose levels and increase weight loss more than taking common medications for the condition.

The 5:2 diet, made famous by TV diet guru and Mail columnist Dr Michael Mosley, produces better results for type 2 diabetes patients than medication, study suggests

Dr Mosley, who died earlier this month at the Agia Marina resort in Crete, was best known for his revolutionary weight loss plan which involves fasting two days a week and eating a balanced diet the rest of the time. Pictured with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey.

Dr Mosley, who died earlier this month at the Agia Marina resort in Crete, was best known for his revolutionary weight loss plan which involves fasting two days a week and eating a balanced diet the rest of the time. Pictured with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey.

Politicians such as former chancellor George Osborne and Rishi Sunak are said to have tried forms of fasting diets. And Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Kourtney Kardashian are among the Hollywood celebrities who have jumped on the fasting trend since it rose to fame in the early 2010s.

Politicians such as former chancellor George Osborne and Rishi Sunak are said to have tried forms of fasting diets. And Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Kourtney Kardashian are among the Hollywood celebrities who have jumped on the fasting trend since it rose to fame in the early 2010s.

A team led by scientists from Beijing Hospital in China recruited more than 400 patients who were assigned to three groups.

One received the diabetes drug metformin, another received another diabetes drug called empagliflozin, and another received the 5:2 diet.

Participants in the 5:2 group consumed a low-energy meal replacement two days a week, with a daily intake of 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men.

On the remaining five days they chose their own breakfast and lunch, but ate a low-calorie meal replacement for dinner.

They were also encouraged to monitor their calorie intake during the treatment period.

The analysis revealed that those in the 5:2 group achieved better blood glucose levels at 16 weeks compared to those taking either medication.

This group also achieved the greatest weight loss of 9.7 kg compared to 5.5 kg in the metformin group and 5.8 kg in the empagliflozin group.

Writing in the journal Jama Network Open, researchers said: “The 5:2 meal replacement approach may serve as an effective initial lifestyle intervention in place of antidiabetic medications for patients with type 2 diabetes.”

The analysis revealed that those in the 5:2 group achieved better blood glucose levels at 16 weeks compared to those taking either medication.

The analysis revealed that those in the 5:2 group achieved better blood glucose levels at 16 weeks compared to those taking either medication.

Jennifer Aniston is among the Hollywood celebrities who have jumped on the diet trend since she rose to fame in the early 2010s. Here she is photographed in Los Angeles in 2020.

Jennifer Aniston is among the Hollywood celebrities who have jumped on the diet trend since she rose to fame in the early 2010s. Here she is photographed in Los Angeles in 2020.

Dr. Mosley was first introduced to the 5:2 diet through a 2011 study and it became the backbone of his 2013 book The Fast Diet.

On the diet’s website, Dr Mosley said those who follow the diet can expect to lose about 0.5kg per week and enjoy health benefits, from improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels to better insulin sensitivity.

The health guru even found personal success with the 5:2 diet when he reversed his type 2 diabetes.

Commenting on the study, Naveed Sattar, Professor of Cardiometabolic Medicine at the University of Glasgow, said: “This trial is relatively simple and shows what we already know: that excess weight is the key driver of diabetes and therefore Therefore, weight loss significantly improves glucose levels.

“The question is whether such changes and the 5:2 diets are sustainable, especially since the trial was short-term… with greater than expected weight losses in all three arms.”

Figures show around 3 million patients were prescribed drugs used to treat diabetes in England in 2020/21.

KNOW YOUR FASTING

Registered sports nutritionist Rob Hobson explains the different types of fasting.

  • 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day and eat during an eight-hour period, for example between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Method 5:2: Created by Michael Mosely, followers eat normally for five days a week and reduce calorie intake to approximately 500 to 600 calories for two non-consecutive days.
  • Time-restricted feeding (TRE): This is similar to the 16/8 method but can vary in the length of the windows; for example, 14 hours of fasting and 10 hours of eating, or 20 hours of fasting and four hours of eating. Safety and sustainability depend on the length of the feeding period and ensuring nutritional needs are met.
  • 24 hour fasts: This involves going 24 hours without eating (known as a full-day fast) once or twice a week. While many can safely perform 24-hour fasts, they can be more challenging and not suitable for everyone.
  • Prolonged fasts: Fasting longer than 24 hours, up to 48 or 72 hours, should be done under medical supervision, especially for longer periods, due to the increased risk of nutrient deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances, and other health problems. Rishi Sunak fasts for 36 hours, from Sunday night to Tuesday morning each week.

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