Living with type 2 diabetes? The new REWIND programme will help you to lose weight, reduce medication and even achieve Remission

Why is REWIND for me?

"REWIND has made a huge difference to my health. With the support I was given I lost 20kgs and reduced my waist size from 38 to 30 inches.

More importantly, my blood sugars reduced to well within the normal range and I no longer need medication."

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Built on two years of research

The REWIND Programme is built on two years of research by the DiRECT study (sponsored by Diabetes UK). Watch this video, or the videos below, to find out more about the remission of type 2 diabetes

The REWIND Programme

REWIND is an exciting new NHS commissioned programme for people with type 2 diabetes (diagnosed within the last 12 years) that is:



Results from our pilot from 26 users show an average weight loss of 12kg (after 30 weeks) and a reduction of 18 mmol/mol (after 24 weeks).


You can complete REWIND from the comfort of your home or around your work commitments.


How does it work?

The unique one year programme combines regular telephone or video contacts with online learning to support you in achieving your health goals. You will be fully supported by a team that includes GPs, practice nurses, health coaches, specialist dietitians and exercise specialists.

After your initial assessment, there are two options:

Total Diet Replacement

  • One year support programme in three stages (see image above) via video or telephone groups, plus one to one support.
  • Stop nearly all diabetes medications on day one
  • Pay for meal replacement products - around £2.25 per day - but you no longer need to buy food


The Low Carbohydrate Choice

  • If at your initial assessment you and your healthcare provider decide that Total Diet Replacement is not the right course for you, then you can choose the low carb option for REWIND.
  • This is 12 weeks of learning a new low carbohydrate diet (see images below), followed by 12 weeks of adding your learning into your lifestyle and is completed with a 6-month maintenance phase (to learn how to keep the weight off).

What about Covid-19 and attending the programme?

We are still running programmes remotely ( Not face to face) so you can sign up today, hundreds of people from North West London have already started the programme.

REWIND key facts

10 group sessions

10 phone calls with a health coach

26 online support modules

Regular GP appointments by phone or video

Feedback so far

Here is some feedback from NHS staff and patients who have tried REWIND

REWIND offers a new opportunity to engage patients with their diabetes care away from stepping up medication. It gives hope to patients that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. It feels uplifting to experience the patient journey in getting off medications, losing weight and lowering their HbA1c. Their joy is priceless

Ahmed Ameer, Hounslow GP Practice

I've been struggling with my weight for a long time, and I thought the scale would never move. When I went on the scale and it shifted I was shocked. For once something was working for me and the weight loss has been amazing

Anette, Brent patient

How to join

To join REWIND you need to meet the following criteria and then follow the six steps (image below).

Programme inclusion criteria

 18 years or older

Type 2 diabetes - Diagnosed less than 12 years ago

On DPP-4, SGLT-2 or GLP-1 medicines

Registered with a GP practice in North West London

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Have a question about REWIND? Please call UK ICS on 0333 577 3561

Download the patient information sheet