Low-carb diabetes diets proving effective

Tue, 06 Jan 2009
According to a research team at the Duke University Medical Center, a six-month long comparison of low-carb diabetes diets found that the best way to control blood sugar is to eat carbohydrates with the lowest-rating on the glycaemic index.

Lead author Eric Westman was reported as commenting: "Low glycaemic diets are good, but our work shows a no-glycemic diet is even better at improving blood sugar control. "We found you can get a three-fold improvement in type 2 diabetes as evidenced by a standard test of the amount of sugar in the blood. That's an important distinction because as a physician who is faced with the choice of drugs or diet, I want a strong diet that's shown to improve type 2 diabetes and minimize medication use."

Westman reportedly continued: "It's simple. If you cut out the carbohydrates, your blood sugar goes down, and you lose weight which lowers your blood sugar even further. It's a one-two punch. This is a therapeutic diet for people who are sick. These lifestyle approaches all have an intensive behavioral component. In our program, people come in every two weeks to get reinforcements and reminders. We've treated hundreds of patients this way now at Duke and what we see clinically and in our research shows that it works."
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