Re­duce carbs to re­verse type 2 di­a­betes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRIGID O’CONNELL

NUTRITION ex­perts are urg­ing Aus­tralians to ditch their di­ets and in­stead eat more pro­tein and healthy fats while re­duc­ing car­bo­hy­drates to lose weight and pro­tect against life­style-re­lated dis­ease.

CSIRO Low Carb Ev­ery­day is a diet plan led by prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor Grant Brinkworth and se­nior re­search di­eti­tian Pen­nie Tay­lor to help ward off — and even re­verse — type 2 di­a­betes and meta­bolic con­di­tions.

Prof Brinkworth said given that twothirds of Aus­tralian adults were over­weight or obese, and a mil­lion Aussies have di­a­betes, there was an ur­gent need to re­verse the cas­cade of dis­ease largely caused by poor food choices.

The low-carb diet, with 14 per cent of daily kilo­joules com­ing from un­re­fined carbs, was tested in 115 over­weight and obese adults with type 2 di­a­betes over two years. That was com­pared against peo­ple fol­low­ing a more con­ven­tional weight-loss diet.

After a year all par­tic­i­pants had lost an av­er­age of 10kg each, with sim­i­lar re­duc­tions in blood pres­sure. But dou­ble the pro­por­tion of peo­ple on the low­carb diet (40 per cent) sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved their blood sugar con­trol and re­duced their reliance on di­a­betes drugs.

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The home in hap­pier times, with in­tact ve­randa and fence.

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