Washington: Food with a lot of fat and few carbohydrates could have a better effect on blood sugar levels and blood lipids for people with Type 2 diabetes, a new study has revealed.The finding from the Linkoping University comes as a surprise as diabetic patients are usually advised to keep a low-fat diet.The two-year dietary study led by Hans Guldbrand, general practitioner, and Fredrik Nystrom, professor of Internal Medicine included 61 patients of Type 2, or adult-onset diabetes.They were randomized into two groups, where they followed either a low-carbohydrate (high fat) diet or a low-fat diet.In both groups, the participants lost approximately 4 kg on average. In addition, a clear improvement in the glycaemic control was seen in the low-carbohydrate group after six months.Their average blood sugar level dropped from 58.5 to 53.7 mmol/mol (the unit for average blood glucose). This means that the intensity of the treatment for diabetes could also be reduced, and the amounts of insulin were lowered by 30percent.Despite the increased fat intake with a larger portion of saturated fatty acids, their lipoproteins did not get worse. Quite the contrary – the HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol, content increased on the high fat diet.
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