I know I know this seems like a long post but believe me its a MUST READ article!
For those who struggle on an American diet it is clear that low carb diets is the most effective weight loss diet further more they can be a cure for type 2 diabetes. While the literature supporting this approach is wide spread, it is a controversial diet. However, a recent article published in, "Today's Dietitian," shows that there is promising movement behind the low carb lifestyle approach. To read the full article please use the following URL:
Lets start with the bad: The article opens with a quick history lesson that is pretty interesting. Before insulin therapy was discovered treatment for diabetes was a low carb high fat diet (LCHF). However, after insulin therapy was discovered recommendations would gradually increased over the following decades: 1921-1950 diabetics were to keep daily carbs to 20% of their total calories, 1950s carbs were increased to 43% of daily calories, 1971-1986 carbs were increased to 60% of daily calories, again in 2004 carbs were increase to 65% of total calories in addition to the recommendation that low carb diets below 130 gram carb/day were not recommended. WHATTTT that's crazy and these are the recommendations from the ADA (American Diabetes Association), AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), and the US Public Health Service. That is a 3 fold increase over the past century and now look where we are.....absolutely backwards in how to treat a diet/lifestyle influenced disease.
Moving on to the good: Not that the history lesson is over lets see whats happening now. In 2013 the ADA released a literature review statement that low carb and very low carb Keto diets are safe diets. In a critical review of literature, Feinman and 25 other doctors and researchers present 12 points of evidence supporting the use of low-carb diets. Furthermore stating that low-carb diets should be the 1st approach in treating type 2 diabetics and as the most effective adjunct to pharmacology in type 1 diabetic patients. These are doctors and researchers review all available data on low-carb diets and their interpretation of that data. The 2013 ADA nutrition recommendations for management of individuals with diabetes include the Mediterranean diet, vegan, vegetarian, low-fat, low-carb, and DASH diets as an eating pattern that are acceptable for diabetes management.
While these may seem like small changes it shows there is growing support for the use of low-cabr diets and the importance of lifestyle change in the treatment of individuals struggling with weight related chronic illness.