Type 2 diabetes means that a person's pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Over time, insulin resistance increases the risk of developing life-threatening complications such as heart attack or stroke. People with type 2 diabetes need to find other ways to regulate their blood sugar levels to reduce the risk. Increasing evidence suggests that adherence to a low-carbohydrate diet may help control blood sugar levels, and a recent study further substantiates this claim.
According to a recent study conducted by Bispebjerg in collaboration with other partners at the University of Aarhus and the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport at the University of Copenhagen, patients with type 2 diabetes are improving their ability to regulate blood sugar levels when using low-carbohydrate foods with increased protein and fat content.
As Diabetes.co.uk put it, the growing body of evidence supporting this claim contradicts conventional wisdom.
NHS has long been advocating that people with diabetes should be on a low-fat diet and gain about half of their daily calories from carbohydrates.
This is a controversial topic.
Regarding this study, according to the Danish Health Authority, up to 85 percent of newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight. They are usually advised to follow a diet that focuses on weight loss: they contain fewer calories than they burn, and contain low fat nt and high carbohydrate content with a low "glycemic index" (which indicates how fast a food affects the blood sugar level).
A central aspect in the management of type 2 diabetes is the ability of the patient to regulate their blood sugar levels, and new research now suggests that a diet with reduced carbohydrate content and protein and fat content enhances the patient's ability to control blood sugar levels Regulation of his blood sugar levels compared to the conventional dietary recommendations improved.
It also reduces the liver fat content and also has a positive effect on the fat metabolism in type 2 diabetics.
28 patients with type 2 diabetes participated in the study over a period of 1
For six weeks, patients received a conventional high-carbohydrate diabetes diet and for the remaining six weeks a reduced-carbohydrate, high-protein, and moderately-high-fat diet.
The Patten The Nten received the diet types in random order.
"The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of weight loss without dietary" disturbance. "For this reason, patients were asked to maintain their weight.Our study confirms the assumption that a diet with reduced carbohydrate content is the ability help patients regulate their blood sugar levels – without causing patients to lose weight at the same time, "said Senior Consultant, DMSc Thure Krarup, MD, of the Department of Endocrinology at Bispebjerg Hospital.
He continued, "Our results are important because we have eliminated weight loss from the equation, previous studies have drawn contradictory conclusions, and weight loss has made interpretation difficult in a number of these studies."
Evidence, the dietary guidelines for patients with type 2 diabetes could be revised, said Krarup.
] "The study shows that by reducing carbohydrate levels in the diet and increasing the level of protein and fat, you can both treat high blood sugar and lower liver fat," he said. Optimize our dietary recommendations for patients type-2 diabetes. "
Krarup underlined the importance of confirming the results in large-scale, long-term controlled trials.
According to Diabetes.co.uk, the benefits of a low-carb diet for people with Type 2 diabetes typically include:
- Lower HbA1c
- Improved weight loss
- Lower likelihood that high levels of sugar will occur
- Lower risk for severe hypos
- More energy y during the day
- Less craving for sugar and snacks
- Clear thinking
- Lower risk of long-term health complications