New Study Finds Low-Carb Diet Is Better For Type 2 Diabetics

Many diet-related diseases are treated primarily with prescription medications.

However, the cornerstone of type 2 diabetes treatment is diet and lifestyle change.

Given the relationship between carbohydrates and insulin, low-carb vs high-carb diets have now become a central focus around diabetes management.

A new and well-conducted study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition set out to compare the two treatments.

115 obese adults with type 2 diabetes were split into either a high-carb diet group (53 percent carbs as energy) or a low-carb diet group (14 percent carbs as energy) and monitored for 52 weeks. Both diets were designed to reduce total calories the same amount (to eliminate caloric differences as a factor), and all participants underwent supervised exercise sessions three times per week.

68 percent of participants completed the 52 weeks (no difference in dropout rate between groups), and as you would expect, improved their health significantly.

Weight loss, fat loss and total HbA1c improvements were no different between the two groups. However, the low-carb diet group had significantly greater improvements in blood glucose stability, triglycerides, and HDL ďgoodĒ cholesterol compared with the high-carb diet group. As a result, the low-carb dieters were much less likely to spend time in high blood sugar ranges and had a much more pronounced reduction of diabetic medication usage.

It is clear that reducing calories, weight loss and increased activity levels is the best approach to improve type 2 diabetes management. Following a low-carb eating pattern appears to have even more benefits, but only if you can stick to it. Remember, the best diet is simply the one you can stick to long-term.

Currently the American Diabetes Association does not recommend a lower carbohydrate diet for diabetes management. But they do acknowledge that carbohydrate amount is the main determinant of our blood sugar response to eating.

Itís hard to say how long it will be before anything changes at an organizational level, but the evidence is mounting.

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47 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago

noted

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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jill carlton
jill c2 years ago

first off, the american diabetes association is in the pockets of big pharma. they promote the SAD (standard american diet), building a dietary base on grains and carbs which for a diabetic is just plain STUPID.

A little bit of complex carbohydrates go a looooooooooooooooooooooong way, unfortunately today most peoples diets consists of an abnormally large amount of processed carbs (white rice, white, wheat, and even so-called 'whole wheat' bread are B.S. they are SUGAR in disguise) The best carbs come from root vegetables, rutabegas, sweet potato, carrots, beets, foods with high nutrient density. That way, less is required for satiety while nutrient intake is optimized.

if it comes in a plastic wrapper it's most likely been processed, this is the first step in avoiding blood sugar spikes, treating grains like side dishes (like they're supposed to be rather than as the bulk of the main course) makes a HUGE difference!

Make veggies the main course, everything else should be a side dish to the veggies.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S2 years ago

noted,thank you

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

Carbs keep you sane...

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Natasha S. , I believe it too. Body needs carbs just not the overfeeding amount served in fast food portions or at home snacks.

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