Is it Possible to Prevent or Remit Type 2 Diabetes Through Diet?


What’s it all about?

This is a pilot research study looking at whether weight loss, achieved following a homemade Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), known as the Nessie Diet, can remit or prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

This is a totally non-judgmental study, and we almost expect people to have occasional wobbles! The aim is to get the quick weight loss with the Nessie Diet, and while that’s going on, we support you the whole time with calls every 2 weeks aimed at reintroducing better habits and food choices to maintain the weight loss.

It’s a 48 week study, broken down into 4 periods, with a visit to the Diabetes Centre by Raigmore after each 12 weeks for measurements and bloods, plus a baseline visit before it all starts.

  • 12 weeks of Nessie Diet with dietitian support every 2 weeks
  • 12 weeks of re-introducing meals with dietitian support every 2 weeks
  • 12 weeks of weight maintenance with dietitian support every 2 weeks
  • 12 weeks self-maintenance

We want to see

a) If you have pre-diabetes, whether this weight loss will reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and the associated risks to your long term health.

b)  If you already have Type 2 Diabetes we would like to see whether you will have long term health benefits from the weight loss diet and whether it is possible for your Diabetes to go into remission.

Why are we doing this?

Previous studies have shown that commercially available VLCD’s plus dietetic support, can indeed remit Type 2 diabetes.

We want to see :

  • if we can achieve the same using a homemade VLCD, created by our Diabetes Specialist Dietitian Charlotte Heppenstall. This could have huge cost savings for the NHS and for individuals following VLCDs for health reasons.
  • if we can prevent pre-diabetes progressing into Type 2 Diabetes.

We are also looking at biochemical changes within the body at key stages throughout the study.

Who are we looking for?

  • People within the NHS Highland area
  • Aged between 20 and 70 years old
  • Who have pre diabetes, and whose weight is a risk factor that can be modified.
  • Have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within the last 4 years, and whose weight is a risk factor that can be modified.


Contact :

Kirsty Hickson (Research Dietitian)
01463 279575

Charlotte Heppenstall (Research Dietitian)
01463 255944