Diabetic patients should have low carb diets: Study

Washington: A new study has revealed that diet with low carbohydrates is good for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham offered 12 points of evidence showing that low-carbohydrate diets should be the first line of attack for treatment of Type 2 diabetes, and should be used in conjunction with insulin in those with Type 1 diabetes.

Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, stated that diabetes was a disease of carbohydrate intolerance and reducing carbohydrates was the obvious treatment.

He further added that it was the standard approach before insulin was discovered and was, in fact, practiced with good results in many institutions, but the resistance of government and private health agencies has been very hard to understand.

The researchers pointed out that dietary carbohydrate restriction had the greatest effect on decreasing blood glucose levels because the high blood sugar was the most salient feature of diabetes.

Gower said that for many people with Type 2 diabetes, low-carbohydrate diets were a real cure as they no longer needed drugs and had symptoms and also, their blood glucose was normal and they generally lost weight.

The authors cautioned that people with diabetes who were already on drugs for Type 2 diabetes or were on standard amounts of insulin should undertake conversion to a low-carbohydrate diet only with the help of a physician because the diet might have a similar sugar-lowering effect, it is critical that drug doses be tapered off in order to avoid dangerous low blood sugar. 


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