A high-fat diet helps diabetics

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A high-fat diet is good for diabetics. The Swedish study that recently showed that a moderate low-carbohydrate diet provides moderate benefits for diabetics has now been further analyzed.

We now also find signs of reduced inflammation in diabetics, who were given advice on a high-fat diet with fewer carbohydrates:

The study:

Annals of Medicine: Advice to follow a low-carbohydrate diet has a favourable impact on low-grade inflammation in type 2 diabetes compared with advice to follow a low-fat diet


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  1. Nate
    The abstract says that the weight loss was similar between the two diets. I'm wondering if the study used the common practice of having the LCD unrestricted in daily calorie consumption while the LFD would have a limit put on the number daily calories. Does anyone know that?

    If I was looking to lose more weight, I would definitely pick a LCD based on that common practice and that the LCD always causes the same or more weight loss than the LFD.

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  2. erdoke
    They claim that the energy content for the two diets was similar at 1600 kcal/day for women and 1800 kcal/day for men. This way both were designed to be hypocaloric regimens.
    I wonder though what the adherence was in the two groups to the caloric limit over the two years of the study, because – as we all know here – it is much easier to follow a 1800 kcal diet when satiating fats and proteins add up to 80 % compared to the low fat regimen with max. 30 % fat. From the results you mention it seems that people randomized to the low fat diet did a pretty good job to follow directions given for caloric limitation. It must have been much easier for the low(ish) carb group, especially if they were smart enough and upped their protein intake to around 30 %...
  3. erdoke
    After reading the full article, I'm sorry to say that this study was not the best to investigate the response to inflammatory markers. The reason is that the majority of the participants were on statins to which even the authors contribute anti-inflammatory effect.
  4. Chupo
    Even if they were on statins, the low carb group improved compared to baseline. That would be the effect of the diet.
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  5. erdoke
    Sure, I just wanted to point out that the setup was not ideal to investigate the effect on inflammatory markers due to the big influence statins have on these.
  6. max22
    they compared a low carb diet to a high fat diet. high carb would be carbs min. 80% of total calories, but they only used 55–60%, which is even lower than the SAD recommends.
  7. mARK
    With carbs at 20 E%, it was not really a low carb diet. If I ate that way my blood sugar control would not be very good.

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