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Thursday, 6 May 2010

The beneficial effects of a low carbohydrate diet for diabetes

This paper was published in British Journal of General Practice 2005 November 1; 55(520): 884

Study title and author:
Low carbohydrate diets for diabetes control
Katharine Morrison, Principal GP
Ballochmyle Medical Group, The Loan, Mauchline, Ayrshire KA5 6AJ

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Dr. Katharine Morrison the principle GP of Ballochmyle Medical Group in Scotland notes that there is an increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes, and that the present methods of prevention are not succeeding in reducing the number of people affected.

Dr. Morrison says there is an effective low cost strategy, backed up by rigorous scientific research that may alleviate diabetes: namely reduce the amount of sugar and starch in the diet.

After Dr.Morrison's son became diabetic, she has successfully managed his diabetes with a restricted carbohydrate diet.

She found that the restricted carbohydrate diet has many benefits for diabetics, such as:
(a) After 3 months diabetics experience a 2-3% drop in their HbA1C levels.
(b) The lower the carbohydrate consumed, the less insulin is needed by type 1 diabetics.
(c) The lower the carbohydrate consumed, the less hard the pancreas has to work for type 2 diabetics.
(d) It promotes a healthy weight.
(e) It promotes high levels of the beneficial high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
(f) It reduces the levels of harmful triglycerides.
(g) It optimises blood sugar control.

Dr. Morrison concludes by asking the question; "How long can we as a profession afford to keep our heads in the sand regarding the benefits of low carb diets for diabetics?"

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