ADA officially accepts low carbohydrate diet as an option for reducing medications in type 2 diabetes – 2019 May edition

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The US Food Pyramid and health organizations such as the American Diabetes Association have typically advocated for a diet with a high percentage of carbohydrates, versus fat and protein. Today, the ADA has essentially given low carbohydrate diets their blessing as a treatment option for type 2 diabetes

The ADA has been making small advancements in understanding what many type 2 diabetics eating a ketogenic diet have known for decades. Historically, they have not exactly been fans of the approach and favored insulin and medication, despite growing of evidence supporting the case for a ketogenic diet being able to put type 2 diabetes into remission without the need for medications or injections.

The ADA is not alone. Just recently, we highlighted that Western Australia’s government had recommended changing their dietary recommendations for type 2 diabetics.

Some choice cuts from their report: “Reducing overall carbohydrate intake for individuals with diabetes has demonstrated the most evidence for improving glycemia and may be applied In a variety of eating patterns that meet individual needs and requirements.



“For select adults with type 2 diabetes not meeting glycemic targets or where reducing antiglycemic mediations is a priority, reducing overall carbohydrate intake with low- or very low-carbohydrate eating plans is a viable approach.”

Well, that’s not a shining endorsement exactly, but at least they’re admitting what those of us in the know already know, rather than fighting it. Since they are very influential in how patients are treated for type 2 diabetes, we feel this this is good news, nevertheless.

Big thanks to Diabetes.co.uk for bringing this to our attention:
https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2019/apr/landmark-us-consensus-recommends-low-carb-diet-in-diabetes-management-91667065.html

The ADA report ( warning: lengthy ) can be found here: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2019/04/10/dci19-0014

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