International Study Demonstrates the Power of Low-Carb Diets In the Fight Against Diabetes

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The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 347 million people worldwide have diabetes and this figure is expected to increase by two thirds by 2030. A new international study published in the October issue of the medical journal Nutrition, compared low-carb with low-calorie diets in obese and diabetic patients and found that a low-carb approach, such as the Atkins Diet, can assist in reversing this global trend. The study found that health markers improved more substantially in the low-carb group and diabetic patients experienced positive markers for longer term blood sugar readings.

Of 363 overweight and obese patients, which were recruited for a 24-week diet intervention trial, 102 of the patients had type 2 diabetes. The patients in the low-carb group saw positive improvement in their health markers, which were measured at two week intervals over the period.  Health markers measured included: body weight, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose level, total cholesterol and triglycerides among others.

In particular, the low-carb diet had significant positive effects on body weight, waist measurement, serum triacylglycerols and glycemic control in participants with type 2 diabetes. Most impressively, there was a high level of improvement in the marker for longer term blood sugar readings (HbA1c). This improvement in glycemic control was due in most part to diet, because the diabetics reduced by half or discontinued their medications at the beginning of the study. During the study, participants, who reported cravings or reached half their weight loss goal, were instructed to eat more vegetables such as salad greens or other low-carb  vegetables, cheese, nuts or other low-carb snacks.