Dr Peter Brukner OAM

New research supports low carb approach

< 1 min read

A systematic review published in 2021 in the prestigious BMJ (British Medical Journal) supports the use of a low carb eating approach in the management of type 2 diabetes.

A systematic review is the highest form of scientific evidence and looks at all the randomised control trials (where subjects are assigned to one of two groups: the experimental group who receive the treatment that is being tested, and the other comparison group who receive an alternative treatment).

This review of 23 published trials from around the world involving over a thousand participants, showed that diets low in carbohydrate (less than 26% of daily calories) achieved greater rates of type 2 diabetes remission than those who followed other diets traditionally recommended for managing the disease.

Compared with (mostly low fat) control diets at six months, low carb diets showed a 32% increase in remission of diabetes, when coupled with the participants’ medication to lower their blood glucose. Large and clinically important improvements in weight loss, triglycerides, and insulin resistance were also seen.

One of the study authors, CSIRO scientist and Defeat Diabetes medical advisory panel member Professor Grant Brinkworth, said “These results show low carb diets can be a really effective dietary approach for type 2 diabetes management, however, the challenge is to provide patients with easy-to-use support tools and convenient product solutions to help them adhere to it long-term to gain these greater health improvements.”

The Defeat Diabetes Program is an example of one of those ‘easy-to-use support tools’ which can help patients put their type 2 diabetes into remission.

Related articles

Breakthrough: How a low carb diet is changing lives for Parkinson’s patients
Shocking new data: Type 2 diabetes tops causes of death for Aussies over 55
By Defeat Diabetes

< 1 min read

5 easy low carb vegetarian meals
Busting Dietary Myths: Why We’re Sicker and Fatter with Dr Peter Brukner and Nina Teicholz
By Defeat Diabetes

< 1 min read

6 low carb dinners ready in 30 minutes or less
Your health and your wallet: The true cost of type 2 diabetes

Join Australia's first doctor-led, evidence-based program transforming the lives of those with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

  • Deep-dive lessons
  • Video masterclasses
  • Easy-to-read articles
  • 250+ low carb recipes
  • Weekly meal plans
  • Community support