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Low-carb diets good for Type 2 diabetes patients

Written by: QMI Agency
 

May. 8, 2014

Eating a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce inflammation in patients with Type 2 diabetes, a new Swedish study has found. (Fotolia)


 

Eating a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce inflammation in patients with Type 2 diabetes, a new Swedish study has found.

Patients with Type 2 diabetes have higher levels of inflammation than people without the disease. This may contribute to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

In the two-year study at Linkoping University in Sweden, 61 patients with Type 2 diabetes were separated into two groups. The patients in the first group ate a low-carbohydrate diet and those in the other group ate a low-fat diet.

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Weight loss was similar in both groups, but inflammatory markers in the blood were reduced in the group that ate the low-carb diet. As well, glucose levels dropped more for the low-carb group who lowered their carbohydrate consumption to 25% of total energy intake.

The study was published in the journal Annals of Medicine.

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