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GPs 'hit the jackpot' by working for A&E, strict diet can reverse diabetes and obesity surgery warning

A round-up of the health news headlines on Monday 6 January.


The Express has news that GPs could help millions of patients with Type 2 diabetes reverse their condition through a strict diet of 800 calories per day. The study that has been tested on 11 patients (yes, you read that right) is part of a new £2.4m medical trial of almost 300 people with obesity-induced diabetes.

Professor Roy Taylor, of Newcastle University, who led the study, told the newspaper: ‘The new study is to see whether GPs can use this approach to reverse diabetes in their patients and whether it will stay reversed. The evidence is that it will, but we need a large-scale trial to prove that it works.’ Er, yes you might.

Elsewhere, we have news from the Daily Mail that GPs are being employed by A&E departments to help with soaring numbers of patients. Most would welcome this as evidence of the NHS pulling together to get itself out of a crisis, oh but not the Mail. They say that GPs have ‘hit jackpot’ (sic) by ‘moonlighting’ at A&E departments and getting £1,500 a shift. Sigh.

Lastly, the Guardian are updating a story that we brought you last year that a lack of obesity services mean that patients are being prevented from being referred for obesity surgery.

Richard Welbourn, president of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society, told the newspaper: ‘We know bariatric surgery is very effective and saves money in the long term. We need to have clarity from NHS England about who is going to be paying for access to surgery.’


Readers' comments (11)

  • Re the strict diet to help Type 2 diabetes - 800 calories per week???!!! no wonder only 11 patients offered to test it out!

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  • I cam't see anybody following that sort of diet voluntarily! I'm impressed that they actually got 11 guinea pigs.

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  • The diet is most probably a very low calorie diet using fortified food replacements rather than 'real' food. Such diets tend to be low in available carbohydrate and will result in lipolysis and ketosis, and ketosis is associated with appetite suppression, so although energy intake is low, patients will generally experience little hunger alongside a very motivating rapid weight loss - and most importantly, reversal of type 2 diabetes.

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  • Can we please stop reporting what the Daily Mail reports. I think the whole country now realizes it has basically become a parody of itself. Let's face it no one (with an iota of intelligence) takes it seriously.
    P.S if they think working in A/E is 'hitting the jackpot', well then please be my guest, re-train and fill all those a/e vacancies. No..? You do surprise me. Idiots.

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  • isn't this old news
    Patients on a "cambridge type" diet had the effects of diabetes reversed

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  • Anyone know which EDs are paying £1500 a shift? I'm clearly working in the wrong ones.

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  • Guys and Tommy's.

    -anonymous salaried!

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  • 800 calories per week or 110 a day. This is approx two apples a day. Will this be enough to keep the doctor away or will they end up with other issues such as gallstones pancreatitis. Even the Cambridge diet was around 500 cals a day.

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  • we need a constant rebuttal unit for the daily mail.i agree with others though perhaps better ignored as it is a pathetic ill educated comic rag written by sad horrible ignorant people overwhelmed by blind prejudice..whose motivation is to spread fear and disinformation so they can make money.
    they are a feeble minded abomination.

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  • old news re 800 cal day diet..
    copy study with 11 worthless.
    VLCD diets known for years can be very dangerous for health..also very doubtful the effect would be more than short lived.(it isnt for weight loss)
    ?has daily mail health correspondent a biology A level
    ?or been to school
    so sad this unending tide of rubbish is generated by this and other media.
    if this is the standard in other walks of life..i pity our democracy
    the 'free'(to disinform)press needs much firmer regulation and all articles such as this should be peer reviewed by experts(as in journals)

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