The Australian State Association for Scientific and Applied Research has published the results of 23 clinical trials using a low-carb diet to combat type 2 diabetes. The results were twofold - the technique has proven its effectiveness, but it poses a certain danger with prolonged use. However, this does not prevent doctors from adopting it.
The idea is not new, limiting the intake of carbohydrates in the body of a person with type 2 diabetes is at the heart of many diets - plant-based, "hungry", low-energy. The patient is required to build a diet so as to receive no more than 130 grams of carbohydrates per day. An alternative form of calculation: less than 25% of the conventional norm of 2000 kcal per day for a person who is not engaged in physical labor. Feeling hungry is inevitable, but it can be compensated for by consuming more low-fat foods.
A total of 1357 patients with type 2 diabetes were studied during the study, who were followed for 6 months. A meta-analysis of the sum of individual studies showed an increase in the incidence of disease remission by 32% compared with the control group. However, in those cases where the patients' diet was extended, by the end of 12 months, many clinically significant effects of the diet were significantly reduced. Yet prolonged fasting is no less troublesome than good.
The conclusion made by Australian scientists is that a low-carb diet is only good for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes in the short term. On the other hand, this method is very easy to implement in practice and can be recommended to almost all categories of patients as a simple and understandable tool.