Reduce carbs to reverse type 2 diabetes
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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