Given that November is National Diabetes Month, it’s important to
discuss critical research in the field. A study published in the prominent journalNutrition in early 2015 suggests a breakthrough approach to treating and managing diabetes.
The article, titled
“Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes
management: Critical review and evidence base,” compared several diets proposed to help manage diabetes. Researchers found
that low-carbohydrate diets offered several advantages over low-GI diets
or high cereal diets. By tracking several measures of health in the patients
they studied, including A1c levels, triglycerides, and HDL cholesterol
levels, researchers spotted a marked improvement in patients who followed
the low-carbohydrate diet over patients who stuck with a low-glycemic
index (GI) or high cereal diet.
In addition, the researchers found that patients could benefit from the
low-carbohydrate diet even if they did not lose weight – although
patients appeared more likely to lose weight on the low-carbohydrate diet
than on other diets. When combined with the positive effects in controlling
high blood sugar and the fact that the diet does not impose the kind of
troublesome or potentially serious side effects found in medications,
the researchers proposed a clear answer to the question “Which diet
is best for controlling my diabetes?”
“Here we present 12 points of evidence supporting the use of low-carbohydrate
diets as the first approach to treating type 2 diabetes and the as the
most effective adjunct to pharmacology in type 1,” the authors stated
in the paper’s abstract. “The 12 points are sufficiently compelling
that we feel that the burden of proof rests with those who are opposed.”
Obviously, you should discuss your options with your doctor before going
on any diet or changing up your eating or exercising routines, but this
article might provide a useful reference for productive research and patient
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