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Your doctor can talk to you about the benefits and risks of a low-calorie diet.
A low-calorie diet can have side effects, including:
These side effects often go away after a while, but it’s important to talk to your doctor if you have any of these, so they can keep a close eye on you.
If you use insulin or sulphonylurea tablets to manage your type 2 diabetes, being on a low-calorie diet can make hypos more likely. So you may need support to make changes to your medications and it may be useful to check your blood sugar levels more often. And there are more risks involved if you take tablets for high blood pressure too.
Some research, including our DiRECT trial, shows us that low-calorie diets delivered as part of a weight management programme can put some people’s type 2 diabetes into remission. Remission means that your blood sugar levels go back to normal without needing to take diabetes medication to lower blood sugar levels. You might hear some people refer to this as type 2 diabetes being reversed.