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Study finds conventional diet is 'not the best'

Over the last decade or so, low-carb, high-fat diets have started to make inroads in diabetes treatments. But it has been very slow to get diabetes doctors and nurses, as well as DiabetesUK and ADA to admit they could possibly have been wrong. In the meantime, diabetics - of both types - have suffered as their conditions worsen and thweir advisors tell them it's all their own fault! If you have been diabetis for some time, you'll probably know what I mean.

Now a large-scale review of dietary studies conducted by leaders in the field has found - yet again - that the conventional low-fat, coarbohydrate-based diet demanded of diabetics by their advisors - IS NOT THE BEST!!

Below is the abstract of this review. I have highlighted the relevant sentence.

Buyken AE, Mitchell P, Ceriello A, Brand-Miller J. Optimal dietary approaches for prevention of type 2 diabetes: a life-course perspective. Diabetologia. 2010 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Nutrition and Health Unit, Research Institute of Child Nutrition, Heinstück 11, 44225, Dortmund, Germany, buyken@fke-do.de.

In recent years, several alternative dietary approaches, including high-protein and low-glycaemic-load diets, have produced faster rates of weight loss than traditional low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. These diets share an under-recognised unifying mechanism: the reduction of postprandial glycaemia and insulinaemia.

Similarly, some food patterns and specific foods (potatoes, white bread, soft drinks) characterised by hyperglycaemia are associated with higher risk of adiposity and type 2 diabetes. Profound compensatory hyperinsulinaemia, exacerbated by overweight, occurs during critical periods of physiological insulin resistance such as pregnancy and puberty. The dramatic rise in gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes in the young may therefore be traced to food patterns that exaggerate postprandial glycaemia and insulinaemia.

The dietary strategy with the strongest evidence of being able to prevent type 2 diabetes is not the accepted low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, but alternative dietary approaches that reduce postprandial glycaemia and insulinaemia without adversely affecting other risk factors.

PMID: 20049415 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

And that diet is the one recommended on this website. And that has been known since 1936.

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