Study: Low-carbohydrate diets may reduce diabetes risk
HealthDay: This study was the first to show a reduction in diabetes risk with a low-carb diet, but the findings are preliminary, according to a new study.
The findings, published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, are among the first that suggest a reduction of diabetes risk associated with a diet low in carbohydrate.
“This is a very important finding,” said lead study author Dr. Steven Pimentel, a cardiologist and senior scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The study found a reduction for people who followed a low carb diet for a minimum of three months.
The low-calorie diet is usually a moderate-carb version of a low fat diet.
People in the study were randomly assigned to a low carbohydrate diet, low fat or no diet, and followed for three months, Pimentell said.
“These are the first randomized controlled trials that show a very low carbohydrate low-fat diet can reduce diabetes and reduce cardiovascular disease risk,” he said.
Pimentel said there’s more work to be done, but this is a promising first step.
“We think it could help reduce risk, especially if the carbohydrate content is lower,” he told HealthDay.
“The idea that we’re going to be able to lower our risk of diabetes by just a couple of calories is very intriguing, and I think it’s something that needs to be looked at further.”
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