Type 2 diabetes has been regarded as an incurable, lifelong condition for centuries. Even worse, it seemed to be inevitably progressive. When you got the diagnosis, it was as though above the clinic door was written: Abandon hope all ye who enter here. Professor Roy Taylor is the world’s leading expert on Type 2, the man who in 2006 finally found the missing piece in the scientific jigsaw that paved the way for a cure. With his international team of researchers in Newcastle, he then launched a multi-million-pound trial, involving 280 Type 2 diabetics from around the UK, and last year published the remarkable, life-changing results.