According to the new study performed at the Bispebjerg Hospital association with the Aarhus University, and the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports, Type II diabetic patients can enhance their blood glucose regulating ability if they increase their intake of fat and protein and then reduce their intake of carbohydrates.
In treating Type II diabetes optimally, nutrition therapy is crucial. Based on the guidelines of the Danish Health Authority, 85% of patients, just diagnosed with Type II diabetics are, indeed, overweight. They are usually told to follow a weight loss diet, which gives them fewer calories, low amounts of fat, and higher amounts of low glycemic carbohydrates. (Take note that “glycemic index” is a measure of how fast certain foods affect blood glucose levels.)
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Higher Fat and Protein, Lower Carbohydrates
In the study, the patients were asked to maintain their present weight and not have weight loss as their goal. This eliminates the pressures of losing weight.
By decreasing the intake of carbohydrates and increasing the amount of protein and fat in their diet, they were able to control their blood sugar levels better. It also helped lower the fat content in their liver and increase the rate of their fat metabolism. This proved highly beneficial, especially in Type II diabetics.
New Future Recommendations in a Type II Diabetes Diet
Dietary proposals for Type II diabetics should be restructured based on the developing pool of evidence. Thure Krarup said that the increase in fat and protein and the reduction of carbohydrates in one’s daily diet can lower the fat in the liver and treat elevated blood glucose levels. He also added that further studies are still needed to optimize such nutritional recommendations for Type II diabetics. The results should be established in long-term, large scale controlled studies. This study’s results have been published in Diabetologia.
The study also reduces long-term blood glucose, which is measured by HbA1c (a blood test that measures the average blood glucose levels in the past couple of months). Even if reducing carbohydrate intake doesn’t result in weight loss, it will still benefit Type II diabetic patients.