Many studies demonstrate the advantages of a low-carb diet for weight loss without hunger, and for blood-sugar control in type 2 diabetes. Now there’s also a new Japanese study showing the same thing.
I was going to write about it, but Dr. Anders Tengblad beat me to it:
DiabetesDoc: Low-Carb in Japan [Update 2019: No longer online]
Excerpt from Dr. Tengblad’s post:
The study monitored calorie intake and discovered that despite that the subjects in the low-carb group were not calorie-restricted, they still didn’t consume more calories. The authors also calculated correlations between changes in calories and changes in the amount of carbohydrate, and found that the amount of calories was associated with weight change, while the amount of carbohydrate was associated with blood sugar control. Thus, a low-carb diet is not just a weight-loss diet, but independently of weight, also a way to control blood sugar. Obvious, you might think. But it still has to be established.
A third interesting aspect is that the authors made an effort to study the potential impact of changes in diet on arteries. Among other things, they measured arterial stiffness, which i something that’s been speculated to be negatively impacted by a high-fat diet. In the Japanese study, no adverse effects from a low-carb diet were observed. The authors conclude, as many previous studies have, that a low-carbohydrate diet is effective and safe.
I wonder what they did about the rice, but the article doesn’t say.
This was a fairly small study, and the results are not new. It’s been shown many times that a low-carb diet improves blood sugar control and lipid profile, especially triglyceride levels, and it’s interesting to see that more and more countries rediscover the old diabetes diet.