Low Carbs Better Than Dieting For Diabetics

by Mark Benson on December 12, 2011

New diet proposal for diabetics

According to recent findings, an intermittent low carbohydrate diet was better for diabetics than having a standard, daily low calorie diet. It was found that the latter was better in attaining weight loss goals to keep blood sugar levels manageable.

The research was conducted at the Genesis Prevention Center at University Hospital located at Manchester, England. The study yielded that restricting carbohydrates to just two days per week would prove to be more healthy and even help in preventing breast cancer and development of other diseases.

According to Michelle Harvie Ph.D., SRD, a research dietician at the Center, presented the findings of the study at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium last week. What the researchers did was compare three diets for four months on the effects on weight loss and blood markers for the risk of breast cancer in the women who participated in the study. There were 115 women participants and all had a family history of breast cancer.

The researchers randomly assigned patients to one of the diets in the study, namely calorie-restricted, low carbohydrate diet two days a week and a diet where unlimited protein and healthy fats for two days a week and a standard Mediterranean diet that is calorie restricted seven days a week.

Data from the study yielded that the intermittent low carbohydrate diet were far better than the daily Mediterranean diet in the reduction of weight, body fat and resistance to insulin. The average weight loss and body fat was about four kilograms or nine pounds for the low carbohydrate diet while the Mediterranean diet lost about 2.4 kilograms or just five pounds.

As for insulin resistance, the risk lowered by 22 percent with the restricted low carb diet while the ad lib diet had a lowered risk of 14 percent while the Mediterranean diet lowered the risk only by four percent.

Harvie added, “It is interesting that the diet that only restricts carbohydrates but allows protein and fats is as effective as the calorie-restricted, low carbohydrate diet.” She further said that more studies need to be done in order to validate this comparative study on diets to make them feasible for the diabetic in the long run.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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gitmo December 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I wonder if the subjects were on the low-carb diet two consecutive days or did they choose any two days in the week.


BFBF January 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

How many MORE studies have to be done that show that cutting out ALL (Sugar/grain) carbs except those from NORMAL amounts of veg, not only STOPS spikes in blood sugar but allow the Pancras to recover and CURE type two and even in some cases of type one Diabetes. Many many studies have shown time and time again that this diet / life style reduces known makers for heart disease and many others disease by eliminating obesity.

Who is to say that the low carb group didn't extend beyond 2 days per week once they benefited from ALL the advantages of carb restricted (especially grains) diet. Advantages of less hunger due to no post insulin spike sugar crashes. No indigestion / acid reflux due to gluten intolerance. No blotting and gas from fermenting grains in the stomach.

It is pure INSANITY that the organisations that are meant to give out sound dietary advice put gains and other high glycaemic index "FOODS" as the base of the dietary recommendations Why is this $$$$$ FOLLOW THE MONEY $$$$$.


R.K.Sarma January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

India has a high diabetes incidence perhaps due to vegetarian dietary habits. Even those who do eat meats, do so infrequently the vegetarian food is the staple diet. I would like to exchange ideas on how best to organise a vegetarian diet for diabetics – in such a way as to still retain an interest in the food consumed. And mor importantly how best to get the daily protein requirement.


Raju merugu August 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Every one knows Insulin not deficiency and leads accumulation glucose in a blood further this highly glucose conc in blood .
is there any calculation each gram carbohydrate produce how many bloog sugars con.
Raju Merugu


Bee Kay May 7, 2013 at 8:13 am

Raju – this will vary in each person, as there may be some pancreatic function still in progress. Much of it is small doses, test, evaluate, recalibrate, repeat. My son uses an insulin pump and we adjust carb/insulin ratios depending on the time of day, the activity level, as well as delivery (immediate, 50% immediate+1hour to deliver balance) depending on the foods eaten. The basal rate is also modified in this manner.
We are recalibrating every three weeks now, but that will change with puberty onset – body needs to do more work, needs more insulin to burn off sugar, so that proteins can build muscles and so on.


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