An interesting link that Snez shared in a member's diary: Diabetes News Stand
This was posted on news.com.au this morning
PhD student unlocks diabetes insulin mystery
A new study to add to the research links here, this time it was comparing a low carb, ketogenic diet to a low glycemic diet in obese people with diabetes 2. When someone tells you that you will die on low carb and that its all about everything in moderation and that low GI is the bees knees, tell them to stick this up their behinds
Westman et al, The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2008 Dec 19;5(1):36. [Epub ahead of print]
Dietary carbohydrate is the major determinant of postprandial glucose levels, and several clinical studies have shown that low-carbohydrate diets improve glycemic control. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a diet lower in carbohydrate would lead to greater improvement in glycemic control over a 24-week period in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Research design and methods: Eighty-four community volunteers with obesity and type 2 diabetes were randomized to either a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (<20 g of carbohydrate daily; LCKD) or a low-glycemic, reduced-calorie diet (500 kcal/day deficit from weight maintenance diet; LGID). Both groups received group meetings, nutritional supplementation, and an exercise recommendation. The main outcome was glycemic control, measured by hemoglobin A1c.
Forty-nine (58.3%) participants completed the study. Both interventions led to improvements in hemoglobin A1c, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and weight loss. The LCKD group had greater improvements in hemoglobin A1c (-1.5% vs. -0.5%, p=0.03), body weight (-11.1 kg vs. -6.9 kg, p=0.008), and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (+5.6 mg/dL vs. 0 mg/dL, p<0.001) compared to the LGID group. Diabetes medications were reduced or eliminated in 95.2% of LCKD vs. 62% of LGID participants (p<0.01).
Dietary modification led to improvements in glycemic control and medication reduction/elimination in motivated volunteers with type 2 diabetes. The diet lower in carbohydrate led to greater improvements in glycemic control, and more frequent medication reduction/elimination than the low glycemic index diet. Lifestyle modification using low carbohydrate interventions is effective for improving and reversing type 2 diabetes.
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Oh and I thought you guys with diabetes 2 might be interested in the supplements that they gave the study participants, this was in the full text:
and these are the 2 studies they mention in that quote:Both groups received the same nutritional supplements known to have a mild lowering effect on blood glucose levels (vanadyl sulfate 200 mcg/day, chromium dicotinate glycinate 600 mcg/day, alpha-lipoic acid 200 mg/day) (17; 18).
17. Ryan GJ, Wanko NS, Redman AR, Cook CB: Chromium as adjunctive treatment
for type 2 diabetes. Ann Pharmacother 2003, 37:876-885.
18. Sakuri H: A new concept: the use of vanadium complexes in the treatment of
diabetes mellitus. Chem Rec 2002, 2:237-248.
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