In recent years diabetes has become an unhealthy trend in the US, and worldwide an epidemic with seemingly no end in sight. Those suffering from diabetes run the risk of other health complications such as heart attacks, strokes, visual loss, kidney damage, nerve pain, foot ulcers, skin infections, infertility, and dental disease. Not only does this disease affect millions of individuals, it also affects society as a whole through the high healthcare costs required to manage diabetes and its complications.
If you, or someone you know is diabetic or pre-diabetic, getting off processed carbohydrates is a crucial step towards a healthier life. The ten points below may also inspire you to shift to a very low-carb diet. Even if you don’t have any known problems with blood sugar, a low-carb diet may be the best way to prevent future risk.
1. Eating fewer carbohydrates is the best way to lower blood sugar
2. For the past several decades, the US dietary recommendation has been a low fat diet to prevent heart disease, obesity and diabetes. However, recent studies indicating rising numbers in obesity and type 2 diabetes have shown this approach to be ineffective
3. Restricting carbs lowers blood sugar even when weight loss does not occur which does not hold true for a low-fat diet
4. Although weight loss is not required for benefit, no dietary intervention is better than carbohydrate restriction for weight loss
5. Diets can be difficult to maintain for more than a few months. Low-carb diets have better long-term compliance than low-fat diets
6. Contrary to popular belief, neither a high fat diet nor a high saturated fat diet are associated with heart disease
7. Dietary carbohydrate restriction is the most effective method of reducing serum triglycerides (type of fat that travels in the blood and contributes to heart disease) and increasing good cholesterol. Heart disease is associated low good cholesterol but is not associated with high total cholesterol.
8. According to a study published in nutrition journal, individuals with Type 2 diabetes on low-carb diets either reduce or completely eliminate their medication after three months of dieting
9. Intensive glucose lowering by dietary carbohydrate restriction has no side effects comparable to the effects of intensive drug treatment
10. A high fat diet more often than not results in satiation, thereby effectively reducing the craving for carbs