New study: Improved diabetes control with a low-carb diet

New Australian research finds that people with type 2 diabetes control their disease much better on a low-carb diet.

“The research results are ground breaking,” Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, principal research scientist at the CSIRO said.

“Health professionals have been divided over the best dietary approach for managing type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing uncertainty is a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers.

“The most amazing benefit of the low carbohydrate diet was the reduction in the patient’s medication levels, which was more than double the amount than the volunteers following the lifestyle program with the high-carbohydrate diet plan.

“Some of the participants managed to cease their medications altogether, and many described the study as life changing.

CSIRO: Improved Diabetes Control with New Diet

The question is, why is anybody still surprised? Should we not already know this by now?


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  1. Amy
    Yes! Why is anyone surprised or resistant to this information? It has changed my life and has been the easiest to stick to, by far. In less than four months, my fasting blood sugars have gone from 260 or higher to consistently being below 130. I wasn't trying to lose weight but it happened anyway. I've lost all the leftover pounds that accumulated from five pregnancies and can now wear clothes smaller than before I was married. Thank you diet doctor for the information you've made free to the world. I hope to be able to afford membership soon and become a lifelong supporter! I recommend your site anytime people ask what I've done.
  2. Craig
    They still seem to have some way to go. The sample daily diet on the csiro website shows that they still have a high carb breakfast, low fat yoghurt and skimmed milk.
  3. Stealth
    CSIRO is still afraid of saturated fat, and the suggested diet is pretty high in carbs all things considered. But at least they are no longer trying to say that low carb is dangerous or bad.

    I think it was predicted that entities like this are never going to say they were wrong about low carb. They claim there is "new evidence" they have "discovered", and soon will deny that they ever recommended otherwise.

    At least the tide is turning. Slowly, slowly, but it is turning.

  4. chris c
    Groundbreaking hah! This was well known in the not too distant past and was bulldozed away by the forces of Low Fat.

    It's so commonplace as to be unremarkable on just about all diabetes forums and newsgroups, especially on the ADA Forum which strangely the Powers That Be at the ADA don't seem to read. Probably their accountants tell them not to.

  5. Betsy
    The sample daily diet will leave the patient hungry. Too high in carbs, too low in fat to have satiety. Reducing the carbs would eliminate the need for such tight portion control.
  6. Jim Ray
    I was prediabetic with, obese, had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and had a heart attack all by age 30. I switched to low carb (no starches PERIOD) in August of 1995. By November of 95 I was completely off all meds. I never had heart surgery either because at first I didn't know I had a heart attack. I thought I had food poisoning (throwing up). That led to a lung infection that I thought was due to food getting into my lungs from the vomit I nearly choked to death on. Then I got fired from my job so I could afford a doctor. After my lungs felt better I tried running and couldn't. 2 months later I still couldn't. I went to the doctor and they confirmed a heart attack. I was eating 60 grams of fiber a day on an all vegetarian diet for 4 years leading up to the heart attack. I chose LOW CARB because of a Dr. Atkins interview I read where he did an expedition in Alaska and got stranded there for like 4 weeks with the native Inuit tribe where they ate BLUBBER (fat) the entire time. When they came back all 4 doctors that were on this expedition had lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and they all lost weight eating MORE CALORIES! Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I went Inuit for 3 straight months where I ate nothing but fat and meat. In 2 months I was off all my meds and all my numbers were normal. In 11 months my doctor gave me the green light to return to exercising with intensity (no more heart rate monitor). In 3 years I ran by best 2 mile run for my ARMY Physical Fitness Test (I was in the National Guard). I ran 2 miles in 11 minutes at age 33. I joined the military at age 20 and my fastest 2 mile run was 12.5 minutes and I was 22 when I did that. Now I'm almost 50 and my HDL is 71 and LDL is 92. My total cholesterol averages 180. My blood pressure averages 105/70 and my resting pulse rate averages 52. At my last examination the doctor asked to see me because my numbers were perfect. He looked at me and said "I can't get numbers like this". I didn't have the heart to tell him that I eat very little fiber, no dairy, no bread, no grains, no starches and that I eat TONS of red meat and FAT! I have no vegetable oil in my house. I cook with LARD.

    The reasons doctors, the FDA, the USDA, the medical system, and your government don't let everyone in on this secret is SIMPLE! The entire medical system would go bankrupt if everyone was as healthy as I am. We wouldn't need doctors! I have not had a flu since 1995. I've caught a cold twice since then. My vitamin D levels are very high which accounts a lot for me not getting sick, but guess what? I don't go outside and bask in the sun or take supplements. When you eat a high fat diet you get vitamin D from your food. Vit-D is fat soluble. Most people low in Vit-D are low because they are storing fat in their fat cells rather than burning it for energy. They can take all the vit-d supplements they want and they will never obtain vit-d levels as high as mine. On a high carb diet where insulin levels remain high 24/7 all the fat and vit-d circulating in the blood stream gets stored in your fat cells. All you have to do to raise your vit-d is start burning some of that stored fat around your hips. There is where FASTING comes in. I fast 3 or 4 days a week.

  7. Peter Brown
    If you read the actual research paper as I did they found a few things. It is not a good idea to selectively quote from research papers. Some of what they found contradicts the advice for eating that is contained on this website. I am not saying this website is wrong. But I am saying it goes against what is being espoused here.
    1. Both diets achieved substantial weight loss and reduced HbA1c and fasting glucose.
    2. HbA1c and fasting blood glucose were reduced by a similar percentage in both groups. This is SIGNIFICANT. It shows that long-term glucose control was maintained in both groups to the same degree. The big difference was the LC diet didn't have glucose spikes during the day. But over a three month period these spikes did not affect the overall HbALC reading in the HC group.
    3. Those on the LC diet ate almost NO saturated fat. They didn't eat full cream products of any kind. They ate no butter, full fat cream, sour cream, full fat yoghurt, Greek yogurt, icecream or high fat cheeses.
    4. Those on the LC diet drank skim milk.
    5. Those on the LC diet DID NOT eat the fat on the meat as well as the skin on the chicken.
    6. Compared with the HC diet, the LC diet resulted in greater reductions in triglyceride and increases in HDL cholesterol. Both groups experienced similar reductions in total cholesterol, LDL and blood pressure.
    7. Both diets involved calorie reduction. Neither group ate all they liked.
    8. As many of the same improvements were shown in both groups eg. weight reduction, blood pressure reduction, better cholesterol readings, better long-term glucose control IT SEEMS ENTIRELY PLAUSIBLE that the reduction in calories (it was not a severe reduction and both groups ate the same amount of calories) had something to do with the improvements.


  8. michelle
    Peter, I am trying to get this study to have a read but I can't locate it anywhere. Do you perhaps have a link? thanks.

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