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Monday, June 13, 2005

Diabetes Study Result Supports Low-Carb Lifestyle

This USA Today story about a new study about the health benefits of lowering blood sugar in diabetics should make people who are livin' la vida low-carb very happy today.

At a meeting of the American Diabetes Association on Sunday, researchers revealed that maintaining "normal" blood sugar levels in diabetes patients improved their health by cutting the risk of cardiovascular disease by nearly 50 percent as well as reducing the chance of a heart attack or a stroke by 57 percent. The researchers were surprised by the results of their study because this simple lifesytle change worked much better than prescription medications for those ailments.

Well shazam! Imagine that. You don't actually need a pill to feel better after all. This is excellent news for diabetics and for people who are looking to greatly improve their overall health. The research validates the low-carb lifestyle which actively promotes limiting the amount of sugar you consume as a means for helping you lose weight and keep it off. While the research specifically looked at diabetes patients, it has great application for virtually anyone wanting to get healthier.

"It's pretty astounding," ADA scientific director Richard Kahn says of the study's results. "This is just major. No other study has shown an effect of glucose control on cardiovascular disease."

Actually, what is most amazing is how long it has taken for this kind of treatment to be studied this closely. All too often it seems doctors would rather have us pop a pill rather than make the necessary changes in our lives to fix our physical ailments. These drugs are very expensive and are making somebody a whole lotta money. We would be much better off to begin looking at natural remedies to deal with health issues than to continue down the neverending cycle of funding the pharmaceutical companies and their pursuit of the next "wonder" drug.

While the patients studied in this research had type 1 diabetes, aka juvenile diabetes, study co-chair David Nathan believes the findings will also apply to people with type 2 diabetes.

"There is no reason to think tight glucose control might not be of benefit to the type 2 population," he said, adding that type 2s are 30 years older than type 1s on average at diagnosis and often have other heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.

This is all the more reason to immediately begin implementing an eating plan that will lower your blood sugar to a reasonable level again. The low-carb lifestyle will wean you from your addiction to sugar which, in turn, will make an improvement on such things as high blood pressure and obesity.

The study of 1,375 diabetes patients is part of an ongoing look for more than two decades at controlling symptoms experienced by diabetics. Keeping a closer eye on blood sugar levels enabled the patients to prevent heart disease from occuring.

"Our major observation is if you reduce blood glucose for an extended period, you end up with less cardiovascular disease," says Saul Genuth of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the study's other co-chair.

This seems to validate the findings of Dr. Ron Rosedale who said sugar is the culprit in heart disease more than cholesterol. You can read more about Dr. Rosedale's research into this subject by reading his book.

The number of diabetes cases is expected to continue to be on the rise at an even much higher rate than we are currently seeing. We need to take the information from studies like this one to make the case that livin' la vida low-carb is the solution to the diabetes problem we have been looking for.

For people interested in an outstanding resource that explains the connection between diabetes and a low-carb lifestyle, pick up a copy of Atkins Diabetes Revolution. You will be amazed by how much diabetes patients or those at risk for getting diabetes can find help in the low-carb lifestyle.

4 Comments:

Blogger Hypercube said...

This study doesn't apply to non-diabetics. It just shows that if diabetics maintain "normal" blood sugar levels, they reduce their risk of heart disease. If you're not diabetic, then your body *automatically* maintains normal blood sugar levels, regardless of how many carbs you consume.

Low-carb lifestyles may be healthy, but this study doesn't support (or contradict) that claim.

6/13/2005 11:42 AM  
Blogger Regina Wilshire said...

>>>If you're not diabetic, then your body *automatically* maintains normal blood sugar levels, regardless of how many carbs you consume.<<<

I'd like to point out that those who are diagnoised with diabetes were once non-diabetic...don't fool yourself into thinking that because your body is maintaining blood sugars now, that it will forever. Diabetes develops over time (Type II) because the body slowly becomes more and more resistant to insulin until you are diabetic.

6/13/2005 12:53 PM  
Blogger DietKing said...

Gotta agree with Regina on this one...

6/13/2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

With the amount of sugar Americans are consuming on a daily basis, literally ANYONE has the potential for becoming a diabetic. Unless, of course, you are livin' la vida low-carb and AVOID SUGAR like it's the plague! LOL!

6/13/2005 6:51 PM  

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