Anupam Sharad


  • Weight lost: 5st 1lb*
  • Weight loss plan: Total
  • Followed the LighterLife Management Plan

Anupam Sharad– ‘I controlled my Type 2 Diabetes with LighterLife.*’

Anupam lost over 5st* on the LighterLife Total plan after his GP diagnosed him with Type 2 Diabetes, during a routine appointment. Before his diagnosis his weight had gradually crept up, leaving him struggling with day to day activities, feeling sleepy and de-energised.

"When my GP told me I had developed Type 2 Diabetes and that my weight was a contributing factor, I knew that I needed to do something about it.

Within four weeks I had lost a stone* and my GP advised that I could stop taking my medication, I couldn’t have been happier!

The LighterLife group support was the biggest help for ensuring I achieved my weight loss goal. I enjoyed talking to new people who were going through the same process as me, as it helped keep me motivated.”

For Anupam learning his weight gain had started to affect his health was the motivation he needed to do something about it. Not only has he put his Type 2 Diabetes in to remission, his overall health has improved and he has more energy than ever before.

About Type 2 Diabetes

There are many different of types of diabetes but Type 2 Diabetes is the most common. It develops when the body either fails to produce enough insulin or fails to remove all of the glucose in the blood effectively.

More than 700 people a day in the UK are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and every year 24,000 people die prematurely. If left unchecked it can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations.

The increase in Type 2 Diabetes mirrors a rise in obesity with around 90% of those diagnosed deemed overweight. Studies also show people battling the condition find it twice as hard to lose weight. However, even a relatively small amount of weight loss can prevent the onset of diabetes, or help people manage their symptoms.

LighterLife Medical Director Dr Matt Capehorn says: “We know that the soaring rate of Type 2 Diabetes is being fuelled by the obesity crisis and losing weight can help save lives.

“LighterLife is passionate about helping people improve their health and quality of life and has invested in over 25 years of scientific research. Recent and detailed analysis of our research shows that losing weight using a VLCD (Very-Low-Calorie-Diet) such as our LighterLife Total plan can help diabetics achieve double the weight loss compared to other weight loss programmes, and play an important part in the reversal of Type 2 Diabetes.

“Furthermore, individuals battling Type 2 Diabetes often choose LighterLife in order to lose some initial weight and qualify for weight-loss surgery, or do so well on it they use it as an alternative to this type of surgery.”

There are several studies focusing on reversing the effects of Type 2 Diabetes using formula diets, including the Diabetes UK-funded DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) study, which is due to conclude next year. Backing for this research could lead to huge changes in UK legislation and transform how the NHS approaches the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in the future.

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