If you are a type 2 diabetic, chances are that your doctor has told you to go on a diet. You were likely told to eat less fat and fewer calories.
The idea is that this diet will help you lose weight. And losing weight can cure type 2 diabetes.
But there’s a problem.
The diet usually doesn’t work.
Only 5% of overweight and obese people are able to lose weight on a conventional low-fat, low-calorie diet.
A new study shows there’s a better solution.
The research was published in the journal Diabetologia. Twenty-eight subjects with type 2 diabetes participated for 12 weeks. For the first six weeks, they ate a conventional diabetes diet. It was high in carbs and low in fat.
For the second six weeks, they ate a diet low in carbs, but high in fat and protein.
The researchers found that the low-carb, high-protein/fat diet improved glycemic control far better than the low-fat, high-carb diet. That means the subjects’ blood-sugar regulation was better.
The subjects were able to reverse their diabetes even if they didn’t lose weight.
Dr. Thure Krarup was a senior consultant on the study. He said the study’s findings are important because “we’ve removed weight loss from the equation.”
In other words, unlike a traditional low-fat diet, cutting carbs treats diabetes even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss.
Fight Type 2 Diabetes With a Low-Carb Diet
Low-carb eating is simple. Follow these guidelines:
- Avoid sugar and starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, beans, and potatoes.
- Eat meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, and natural fats like olive oil and butter.
- Fruits that are high in fiber and low in sugar are OK. They include berries, avocados, grapefruit, kiwis, pears, and watermelon. But avoid fruit juices. They are typically high in sugar.
The most important rule of low-carb eating? Avoid sugary foods and drinks that push insulin higher, especially soda.
Mainstream medicine has been giving bad diet advice to diabetes patients for decades. Go low-carb—not low-fat—to take control of your blood sugar.
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