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A "Low Carb Diet" May Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar Levels, Study Finds

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Health


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    An observational study involving 316 children and adults showed that the diet was safe and effective enough to reduce hemoglobin A1C levels in patients with type 1 diabetes. New research suggests switching to the "Low Carb Diet" and not a just Low-carb average diet, it could be beneficial for patients with type 1 diabetes because it could give them more control over their blood sugar levels. In a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics, researchers conducted a survey of 316 people, including 130 children, with type 1 diabetes, all of whom were diagnosed with the condition at an average age of 14 to 16 years, and they had been diagnosed. in the low carb diet (VLCD) during the last two to four years. All those who participated in the survey limited carbohydrate consumption to an average of only 15 to 366 grams of carbohydrates per day, as noted by NDTV. According to the researchers' findings, most of the study participants who followed the VLCD and also took smaller doses of insulin, compared to what is generally recommended for people on normal diets, had a blood sugar control "exceptional", with only a few cases of minor complications On average, the participants' hemoglobin A1C levels, which are used to determine long-term blood sugar levels, were 5.67 percent, just below the normal level of 5.7 percent, and well below the usual average for diabetics of 6.5 percent. In addition, children who followed the diet very low in carbohydrates "for years" did not suffer a deterioration in growth, according to a report by the New York Times. "His blood sugar control seemed almost too good to be true," said a statement from the study's lead author, Belinda Lennerz, a pediatric endocrinology instructor at Harvard Medical School. "It's nothing we usually see in the clinic for type 1 diabetes." According to NDTV, there are several foods that could stand out as good choices for anyone planning to switch to a low carb diet to control their type 1 diabetes. These include lean meats like chicken and salmon, mushrooms and vegetables like broccoli and tomatoes. Although the study was a good argument for the very low carbohydrate diet as a blood sugar administration tool for patients with type 1 diabetes, the New York Times wrote that the research had its share of limitations. Instead of being a randomized controlled trial, the study was more observational, with participants recruited from TypeOneGrit, a Facebook group that focuses on low-carb diets for diabetics. Despite these limitations, David Harlan, co-director of the Center for Excellence in Diabetes at UMass Memorial Medical Center, told the New York Times that the study, in which he did not participate, had its merits, as it demonstrated that the VLCD is "much safer" and more effective than most experts might have thought.