In a new find, researchers have revealed that controlling the intake of carbohydrates can significantly help patients suffering from the type 1 diabetes. Opting for a very low-carbohydrate-diet is the best choice for people diagnosed with diabetes as it helps patients in controlling the blood sugar and also prevents low rates of hypoglycemia and other complications.
Lead study author Belinda Lenners from the Boster Childresn’s Hospital said that type 1 diabetes is diagnosed at an early age and restricting the carb intake reduces the insulin spike and control the blood sugar. For the study, researchers examined patients that were part of a Facebook community named TypeOneGrit. All these participants were on a low carb diet after following the book Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution (Richard Bernstein, MD, is a co-author on the study).
493 patients took the survey conducted by study authors and completed the questionnaire. Of all the participants, 316 answered nearly all the question while the remaining provided very little information. Study authors received ample data to confirm diabetes diagnosis, blood-sugar control measures, metabolic health measures of 138 participants.
It was found that the patients were consuming nearly 36 grams of carbohydrates daily which constitutes around five percent of calories from carbs on daily basis. What’s striking is that the participants on low carb diet reported of taking fewer insulin doses in case of type 1 diabetes when compared to patients who were on average or high carb diet. Also, these patients had favorable measures of insulin sensitivity and cardiometabolic health, such as low triglyceride levels and high HDL cholesterol levels.
However, some experts raise concern over low carb diet and believe that reducing carb intake to such a low level can significantly drop down the blood sugar levels and can cause hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, and can create other complications related to diabetes.
Apparently, the new study has shattered the shackles as over 80 percent of patients who took part in the study were satisfied with the low card diet and diabetes management. However, researchers said that they need more randomised clinical trials to confirm the find and endure the diet safety.
In case of diabetes, researchers recommend eating following food to tame the blood sugar levels
- Two whole eggs and up to 10 egg whites daily as it very good source of protein and fats with almost zero carbs
- Fatty fishes like Salmon, sardines, mackerel and herrings, which are very good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids and significantly reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes.
- Green leafy vegetables have nutritional value and low-calorie content. Include them daily in your diet as they are rich in iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.
- Chia seed helps in diabetes as it is high in fibre and offers low digestible cards.
- Flaxseeds are also very healthy and help in controlling blood sugar levels
- Include greek yogurt with fruits like strawberries as it is the best dairy product in diabetes.