Nearly 1 million Australians live with Type 2 diabetes, and many of them are prescribed regular medications to manage their insulin levels. Now, a new approach has reduced the need for diabetes medication by up to 40 per cent!
In conjunction with several Australian universities, the CSIRO has determined a program of diet and exercise which is highly effective in reducing the need for medication. The diet involves very little sugar or carbohydrates, and instead encourages protein and unsaturated fats.
“Health professionals have been divided over the best dietary approach for managing Type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing uncertainty is a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers”, explained Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, principal researcher at the CSIRO.
“These research results are ground breaking”, said Professor Brinkworth about the two-year study. “The most amazing benefit of the low carbohydrate diet was the reduction in the patient’s medication levels, which was (an average of 40%)”.
“Some of the participants managed to cease their medications altogether, and many described the study as life changing”, Professor Brinkworth added. “Traditional dietary approaches for managing Type 2 diabetes could be outdated, we really need to review the current dietary guidelines”.