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Dr. Peter Brukner OAM1 min read

The big guns jump on board low carb diets

We make no secret of our beliefs that diet has the biggest impact on our health, and it is diet that allows us to turn around ill-health.

Now, it seems others are starting to believe the same.

The latest research paper from the VIRTA group in the USA demonstrated a dramatic effect on subjects with pre-diabetes when placed on a carbohydrate restricted eating program delivered remotely.

How did the study work?

The study looked at 96 patients with pre-diabetes and followed them for two years. The number of participants who remained in the study was 75%.

What happened next?

At 2 years, more than half of those people had reverted to normal blood glucose levels and only 3% had progressed to type 2 diabetes.

The prevalence of metabolic syndrome, class II or greater obesity, and suspected fatty liver disease significantly decreased. See the table below.

Virta Study

The bottom line

The study concluded: “This pilot study demonstrated that the majority of patients with prediabetes who chose to enroll in this intervention achieved normoglycemia and maintained clinically meaningful weight loss through two years, suggesting this intervention utilizing carbohydrate restricted nutrition therapy delivered through a continuous remote care model may provide an additional and alternative approach for type 2 diabetes prevention."

Source: McKenzie AL, Athinarayanan SJ, McCue JJ, Adams RN, Keyes M, McCarter JP, Volek JS, Phinney SD, Hallberg SJ. Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Focused on Normalization of Glycemia: A Two-Year Pilot Study. Nutrients. 2021; 13(3):749

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