Type 2 diabetes means that a person's pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Over time, insulin resistance significantly increases the risk of developing life-threatening complications such as heart attack or stroke. People with type 2 diabetes should find other ways to adjust their blood sugar levels to avoid the risk. Increasing evidence suggests adherence to a low-carbohydrate diet may help people control their blood sugar levels, and a recent study further substantiates this claim.
According to a recent study conducted at Bispebjerg Hospital, in collaboration with other partners at the University of Aarhus and the Nutrition, Exercise and Sports Unit at the University of Copenhagen, patients with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate blood sugar levels if they eat reduced-carbohydrate foods and increased protein and fat content.
As Diabetes.co.uk pointed out, a growing body of evidence to support this claim flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
The NHS has long advised people with diabetes to follow a low-fat diet and obtain about half their daily calories from carbohydrates.
This is a hotly debated topic.
About this study, according to the Danish Health Authority, up to 85 percent of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients are overweight and are usually advised to follow a weight-focused diet: containing fewer calories than burning, low fat nt and high carbohydrate content with low glycemic index (indicating how quickly a food influences blood sugar levels)
A major aspect of the treatment of type 2 diabetes is the patient's ability to regulate blood levels your sugar. and new research now shows that a reduced carbohydrate and high protein and fat diet improves a patient's ability to regulate their blood sugar levels compared to conventional dietary recommendations.
In addition, it lowers liver fat content and also has a beneficial effect on fat metabolism in type 2 diabetics.
28 patients with type 2 diabetes participated in the study for a total period of 1
For six weeks, patients received a conventional high-carbohydrate diabetic diet and for the remaining six weeks were assigned a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, and moderate-fat diet.
"The purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of diet without the" intervention "of weight loss. For this reason, patients were asked to maintain their weight. Our study confirms the suggestion that a low carb diet can improve patients' ability to regulate their blood sugar levels – without patients losing weight at the same time, "explained senior consultant, Durec Thure Krarup, MD, of Endocrine Medicine
He continued: "Our findings are important because we have eliminated weight loss from the equation. Previous studies have yielded conflicting conclusions, and there are complex interpretations in weight loss. children from these studies. "
Based on the growing body of evidence, dietary guidelines can be reviewed for patients with type 2 diabetes, emphasized Karrup.  "The study shows that by reducing the proportion of carbohydrates in food and increasing the proportion of protein and fat, you can simultaneously treat high blood sugar and reduce fat in the liver," he said. "Further intensive research is needed to optimize our nutritional recommendations for patients with type 2 diabetes."
Karrup emphasized the importance of validating results in large-scale, long-term controlled trials.
According to Diabetes.co.uk , the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet for people with type 2 diabetes typically include:
- Lower HbA1c
- Improved weight loss
- Less chance of high sugar levels
- less risk of severe hypoxia
- More energy during the day
- Less jelly we for sweet foods and snacks
- Clearer thinking
- Lower risk of developing long-term health complications