Michael Mosley diet worked better than diabetes drugs in new trial

Dr Michael Mosley
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A diet created by Dr Michael Mosley has been found to be better at controlling the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes than medicine for some patients, according to a new study. Dr Mosley, who tragically died while on holiday in Greece this summer, created the intermittent fasting 5:2 diet.

The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting where you eat normally for five days of the week and restrict your calorie intake to about 500-600 calories on the remaining two days. A new clinical trial of overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes found the diet can improve blood glucose levels and speed up weight loss.

It was found to be more effective than common medication for diabetes. The study at Beijing Hospital in China involved more than 400 patients.

Some took the drugs metformin or empagliflozin, and others used the 5:2 diet. Those in the 5:2 group had better blood glucose levels at 16 weeks compared to those taking the drugs. They also lost more weight - an average of 9.7kg (21lbs 6oz) which was almost twice that for those taking the drugs.

Naveed Sattar, Professor of Cardiometabolic Medicine at the University of Glasgow, told MailOnline: "Weight excess is the key driver for diabetes and thus weight loss improves glucose levels meaningfully. The issue is whether such changes and the 5:2 diets are sustainable, especially as the trial was rather short term…with greater than expected weight losses in all three arms."