Taylor also wrote that the study offered a more universal approach to reversing diabetes compared to undergoing bariatric surgery, which can achieve Type 2 diabetes remission for some people, but "is more expensive and risky, and is only available to a small number of patients". Mike Lean from the Glasgow University and Prof.
Professor Taylor said: "These findings are very exciting".
"Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for 6 years", adds trial co-leader Prof.
The Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) randomly assigned patients to either an intensive weight management programme or regular care. The other half were taken off drugs and put on a strict diet of no more than 853 calories a day for three months, eating only diet shakes or soups. Dr Anoop Misra, chairman, Fortis centre of excellence for diabetes, metabolic diseases and endocrinology explained to Hindustan Times that the findings did not apply to non-obese individuals, in ethnic group like Indians where such reversal could be inherently hard, and in many Indians who were non-compliant to basics of diet and exercise.
"We've found that people were really interested in this approach - nearly a third of those who were asked to take part in the study agreed", explained Lean, a nutritionist.
"The time of diabetes diagnosis is the best point to start weight reduction and lifestyle changes because motivation of a patient is usually high and can be enhanced by the professional health-care providers", said Professor Matti Uusitupa from the University of Eastern Finland.
Forty-six per cent of those in the weight programme went into remission.
This was the first study to show that extreme weight-loss leads to lasting remission without medication.
Among those who lost 33Ibs or more, 86 per cent reversed their diabetes. Among people who lost between 5 amd 10kg or less, 34% achieved some signs of remission.
'But our results should pave the way for this type of intervention to be considered in the routine care of patients with type 2 diabetes who wish to attain diabetes remission'.
The researchers highlighted how nutrition alone could revolutionise the way we see diabetes treatments.
It's fairly standard practice for physicians to encourage, if not prescribe, a healthy diet for most of their patients, especially those with type 2 diabetes.
The trial will go on until October 2018.