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A University of Oxford study published in the journal Obesity has revealed that ‘total diet replacement’ programmes (TDRs), combined with one-to-one support, are an effective and cost-efficient way to lose weight long term.

Comparing a nurse-led programme with that of The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, this report builds on the initial results of a trial by the University of Oxford, DROPLET1. This study proved that TDRs are a safe and effective way to lose weight. It also showed significant weight loss persisting to at least 12 months.

Led by Dr Seamus Kent, these latest findings estimate that for every 100,000 people referred to the TDR programme, 50 coronary heart disease events, 75 strokes, 900 cases of type 2 diabetes, and 25 cancers could be avoided, over 25 years. As a result, people are expected to live longer and in better health, with lower use and costs of healthcare services.

The UK has an ageing population. Nearly two...

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