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Breaking news: Should everyone adopt low carb? – The Australian

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Heard the buzz? We're making headlines in The Australian with our new partnership with Diabetes Australia. The Australian Health editor Natasha Robinson caught up with Dr Peter Brukner OAM, founder of Defeat Diabetes, and Professor Grant Brinkworth, Director of Research at Diabetes Australia, to discuss our exciting new partnership and pose the question: With the majority of Australians now classified as metabolically unhealthy, is it time to endorse low carb for all?

We've highlighted the key insights from this compelling article that shed light on our collaborative efforts to combat the growing epidemic that currently affects 1.3 million Australians:

  • Growing recognition of low carb’s role in type 2 diabetes management: Diabetes Australia and Dietitians Australia suggest low carb eating as an option for people with type 2 diabetes. 
  • Potential for type 2 diabetes remission: Research shows that a low carb, healthy fats diet can manage and potentially send type 2 diabetes into remission, challenging long-held dietary beliefs.
  • Modification of the National Dietary Guidelines: With the majority of Australians now falling into the overweight or obese category, there's a growing argument for the national dietary guidelines to change to a low carb approach.

The truth about low carb

Journalist Natasha Robinson writes that consensus is emerging around the effectiveness of low carb for improving health. With a significant proportion of Australians grappling with unhealthiness, low carb is gaining momentum, driven by evidence and institutional support.

“It may seem self-explanatory that if a patient is essentially carbohydrate intolerant that reducing the intake of carbs would be a no-brainer,” wrote Ms Robinson.
Diabetes Australia has had a position statement endorsing the low carb approach since 2018. Professor Grant Brinkworth, Diabetes Australia’s Director of Research, reinforced their position: “The research does suggest now that dietary patterns that are lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fats is an effective approach to achieve sustained long-term weight loss.”

What healthcare professionals think about low carb

The shift towards low carb is also reflected in the medical community, with doctors and health professionals seeking to update their knowledge on nutritional interventions for metabolic health. New institutions, such as the Australasian Metabolic Health Society, which advocates for including blood insulin as a standard test for metabolic syndrome, underscore the evolving understanding of dietary impacts on health.

“The low carb approach is really about looking at how we can modulate the hormone insulin,” said Dr Deepa Mahananda from the Australasian Metabolic Health Society. “Low carb eating is arguably a good approach to prevention of changes around metabolic syndrome.”

Australian Dietary Guidelines

With the current Australian dietary guidelines set for review,  the increasing acceptance of low carb by major health organisations and professionals signals a potential shift in the battle against diabetes. The movement towards evidence-based dietary interventions highlights a proactive approach to public health and preventing and managing conditions like type 2 diabetes.

Dr Brukner raised concern about the current dietary guidelines, saying: “I’m hoping that the current iteration of the dietary guidelines would acknowledge that the previous guidelines have been for healthy people and recognise that maybe, for those with metabolic disorders, or even to prevent the development of metabolic disorders, we do need to modify the dietary guidelines.”

Should everyone eat low carb?

The Australian asks if the world’s major diabetes and dietary institutions now acknowledge that low carb is effective at improving health outcomes, should low carb be recommended for everyone?

Dr Brukner said, “We’ve all grown up and been taught that the low fat approach was the only way to go, diet-wise. 

“Unfortunately, that’s still very much part of the medical profession, the dietetics profession, and the general community. I think it’s fair to say that most doctors don’t understand diet very well. They tend to focus on medications and other means of management.” 

Professor Brinkworth added, “There’s emerging evidence suggesting that low carb diets can be an effective strategy for achieving remission of type two diabetes.”

The partnership between Diabetes Australia and Defeat Diabetes is a significant step forward in reducing the impact of type 2 diabetes in Australia. It offers people a choice in how they manage their condition and hope of remission.

What is the Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program

Led by Dr Peter Brukner and a team of Australian doctors and dietitians, the Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program is designed to address the confusion and uncertainty surrounding nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes. 

The Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program provides expert guidance to understand carbohydrates' impact on blood glucose levels and practical, evidence-based strategies for informed food choices. Our no-nonsense nutritional philosophy and simple lifestyle changes have helped thousands of members to achieve sustainable weight loss, improve their insulin sensitivity, and even achieve type 2 diabetes remission.

Defeat Diabetes and Diabetes Australia announce new partnership Dr Peter Brukner and Justine Cain

Together, we’re transforming the landscape of diabetes management

As Defeat Diabetes continues to pave the way in combating diabetes and improving lives, the partnership with Diabetes Australia marks a significant milestone in the journey towards a healthier future. 

Central to the mission of both organisations is the promotion of lifestyle changes that prioritise nutrition, physical activity, and overall well-being. A low carb approach to managing type 2 diabetes is a proven solution for people seeking choice in their diabetes care plan.

Together, Defeat Diabetes and Diabetes Australia offer a beacon of hope for those impacted by type 2 diabetes. 

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