The Low Carb Diet Not Only Assists in Weight-loss, But Also Plays a Key Role In Preventing Diabetes

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For so long society has expressed the idea that as long as you follow the Department of Agriculture Food Department pyramid you will remain in good weight and good health. But what happens when one eats exactly what is prescribed by the pyramid, but continues to have increasing insulin levels and increasing glucose levels?

 In 2009, Richard Kahn, the now retired chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association, was asked to create a committee to prescribe a diet plan for people with diabetes. He began by comparing and contrasting many of the recent diet fads. Kahn took an interest to the low carbohydrate diet due to its significant weightless results. There was little to no evidence about the relationship between diabetes and the diet, so Kahn decided to conduct a study himself.

The Study
 Richard Kahn paired up with Kevin Hall, a colleague of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and created a study that involved 17 overweight and obese men, none who had diabetes. They stayed in a clinical center where they ate carefully controlled diets. The men were split into two groups. In these groups, they consumed the same amount of calories, but the carbohydrate composition of the diet varied from high to very low.


The insulin secretion among the second group of men, the ones consuming the low carbohydrate diet, dropped 50% meaning that much less insulin was required to maintain normal blood glucose levels. Diabetes results when the body can’t produce enough insulin, so by eating a very low carbohydrate diet it reduces the amount of insulin the body needs. This new diet will not only be significant within the weight loss world, but will also play a crucial role in fighting diabetes. 


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