33 yo male: 3 months, 17 lbs lost, type 2 diabetes reversed!

So here we go!

Mar 2019: BMI 40.8, 118kg:

I was told 10 months ago (around April-May 2018) that I was pre diabetic. I did not really understand what that meant, and did not care about it. I had been “fat” for a very long time, and did want to lose weight. I think Facebook realised that about me, and thank God for targetted ads - because they kept pushing Huel at me till I relented. Started with the vanilla / original powder.

Apr 2019: BMI 39.9, 114kg:

So wow this was working - strayed off Huel for a week or so, just to check if the weight I’d lost was all water. Turns out it wasnt. I was more mindful about replacing any stray meals where I’d end up eating junk with Huel. Ordered my first ready-to-drink (delicious!). Had a blood test and was told I was type 2 diabetic (50 mg), a retest showed me at 52 mg - so that confirmed the diagnosis. Docs called me back in in 3 weeks to discuss ‘lifestyle’ changes. All this while my Huel + light exercise regime (swimming 1-3 times a week, 30 mins per session) progresses in parallel, and independent to the Diabetes diagnosis.

May 2019: BMI 38, 109.5kg:

Still Hueling for weekday lunches, I also carry a ready-to-drink with me for evenings when I wind up late at work, so I just do the RTD + any other light snack for dinner (usually soaked lentils or some smashed avocado).

This morning, my doctor told me my Type 2 had “reversed”. My numbers were 46 mg (down from 52 three weeks ago), and they would no longer classify me as a diabetic. She said I was back in the regular blood-sugar levels, and the reversal was surprising. She says she sees this sort of a result once-a-year, and I was her once-a-year.

… More notes to come as I (hopefully) lose more weight!

I can’t emphasise enough how much Huel has been core to my journey to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle!

@Julian @JamesCollier @RebeccaOfficialHuel - you’ve created a miracle, and made me realise how inefficient current day “food” is. I can’t thank you guys enough!


Hi @atrip - that’s really great to hear :slight_smile:

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Wow @atrip

Congratulations and well done! This is so great to read, and I’m really glad you have reversed your diabetes and got to be the doctor’s once a year!

I hope the rest of your Huel journey goes well and would love further updates in the future :slight_smile:

Well done! That’s great news!

I work in healthcare with patients with diabetes and if it isn’t managed properly it can be disastrous so avoiding it is the best management!! My job examining these patients made me question my lifestyle and where it could possibly lead and hence led me to try Huel.

What I would say to you is to still be careful and manage your diet well. If you have some degree of glucose intolerance/pre-diabetes that gave you abnormal blood tests initially then you can bounce right back into the range and all the complications that come from it!

Happy hueling!

Well done! That’s amazing, wish you all the best for the rest of your Huel journey :smile:

Hello I am also currently type 2 and very overweight. What was your routine with Huel and scoops for lunch and other meals?

Just got back from the hospital seeing the general surgeon for my pre surgery blood work and health check – had a similar result. After one year on Huel and big changes in my routine, my diabetes diagnosis from December 2018 has fully reversed to the point where the surgeon said my 3 month average blood sugar levels are actually on the low side.

She asked what I had done with my lifestyle to achieve this so explained that had switched 80% to plant based foods (of which Huel is the main constituent) and introduced daily cardio exercise regimes.

She asked what Huel was and while I was explaining she sat there with this incredulous ‘WTF is that shit?’ look on her face – I was tempted to throw her the company line of ‘it’s not wank’, but it may have shot straight over her head (:stuck_out_tongue:) and I didn’t want to be a dick. :smiley:

Anyhoo – going back to see the Plastic and Reconstructive team in a couple of hours so will take them a Huel booklet to pass to the bewildered surgeon for her to consider recommending to patients in similar situations. It’s been a hell of year – not necessarily in a good way all the time, but I’m continually thankful to having discovered Huel and for the changes its helped me with.

No big mystery for me – I started off taking the diabetes control meds they prescribed and immediately switched my diet to diabetes friendly foods and cut out alcohol and refined sugars. Started daily cardio exercise (bought a Concept 2 rower to use at home before felt confident to go the gym) and started phasing in Huel use. I replaced 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner) 5 days a week initially using RTD but then switching to 500ml of water and 100g of Huel Original Powder.

To stop this getting boring – I used to blend in a variety of frozen fruits and dried ingredients to make it more palatable but these days I only use flavour boosts or other flavourings such as powdered peanut butter, cacao, ginger paste and pure liquorice. Still do 2 meals a day replacement but now its 7 days a week.

Main things to keep in mind are:

  • Under no circumstances try any kind of fasting as part of your diet – this will cause spikes in your blood sugar.
  • Eat regular balanced meals whether that be Huel or something else.
  • Cut refined sugars altogether
  • Buy yourself a testing kit and check your blood sugar twice a day keeping a log of the results
  • Make sure your net calorie intake is a less than you need a day whether that’s by your food intake or burning calories with exercise but don’t starve yourself.
  • Be patient :slightly_smiling_face:

nicely done :slight_smile:

Well done @Phil_C that’s brilliant news. Hope you didn’t go and celebrate with loads of sugary cakes and bottles of coke :smiley:

I hope he did. What kind of celebration is it otherwise? :frowning_face:

@David do you want his blood sugar to shoot back up after beating his diabetes?

Yes! Just for one day as a celebration, and only if he actually wants to.

If he wants to then that’s fine and he was told his blood sugar is on the low side so it might normalise it for him :smiley:

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Maybe he needs a solid week of Coke and doughnuts.


Yeah that would definitely put it in the Normal range, actually it sounds so good I think I will have them for the rest of the week instead of Huel.

not a fan of Coke and donuts would be too dangerous to get back into but yes - had a little treat on the way home (hospital topped out at 12 hours all in all) a good healthy meal. And a cinnamon bun.