Diabetes Benefits from Low-Carb Diet, Research Says

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New research indicates that a low-carb diet is more effective than a low-fat diet for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The University of Alabama at Birmingham participated in a study involving people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a July 24, 2014 article on ScienceDaily.com.

Researchers said that contrary to popular belief, low-fat diets do not reduce obesity or the risk of cardiovascular disease. Instead, low-carb diets were seen to benefit type 2 diabetes. Combined with insulin, low-carb diets can also help those with type 1 diabetes.

Low-carb diets decrease both high blood sugar and cardiovascular risk, and result in lower serum triglycerides and higher high-density lipoprotein.

The study was carried out by 26 doctors and nutrition researchers. One of the study authors, Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences was quoted on ScienceDaily.com as saying, "Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance."

A low-carb diet has no troubling side effects while it reduces symptoms of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

It was seen that type 2 diabetics on a low-carb diet were often able to rely less on medication, and some were able to stop taking any medications entirely. Type 1 diabetics were often able to cut back on the amount of insulin they needed to take.

Lead author Richard David Feinman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center was reported by ScienceDaily.com as saying, "The low-fat paradigm, which held things back, is virtually dead as a major biological idea. Diabetes is too serious a disease for us to try to save face by holding onto ideas that fail."

The study is on the website of the journal Nutrition.

Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD, CDE observed in an August, 2013 article on TodaysDietitian.com, that to a registered dietitian, the most effective way to manage diabetes is to decrease carbohydrates from the diet because this would help to balance blood glucose. This cuts to the very heart of diabetes.

The common practice to control type 2 diabetes used to be the reduction of carbohydrates.

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