Just 12 weeks on a low-carb diet 'can beat diabetes'

Just 12 weeks on a low-carb diet 'can beat diabetes': Cutting carbohydrates may increase chances of remission in type 2 patients, study finds Low-carb diet may increase the chances of remission of type 2 diabetes  Researchers said low-carb approach could be more effective than a low-fat diet Over half the trials included participants using insulin to control glucose levels 

By Xantha Leatham For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:30 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 23:31 GMT, 13 January 2021

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A low-carb diet may increase the chances of remission of type 2 diabetes, a study has found.

Patients who reduced carbohydrates for 12 weeks were 32 per cent more likely to be in remission six months later compared with those on other recommended diets.

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Researchers said the low-carb approach could be more effective than a low-fat diet, commonly recommended for type 2 diabetes sufferers.

They analysed data from 23 trials involving 1,357 participants.

More than half the trials included participants using insulin to control glucose levels. They were primarily overweight or obese, with an age range of 47 to 67.

A low-carb diet may increase the chances of remission of type 2 diabetes, a study has found (Stock image)

A low-carb diet may increase the chances of remission of type 2 diabetes, a study has found (Stock image) 

The researchers said: ‘Type 2 diabetes remains a significant and worsening problem worldwide, despite many pharmaceutical developments.

‘Structured diets are recognised as an essential component of treating diabetes but confusion remains about which to choose.’

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