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Why lower your carb?

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THE ISSUE

Reducing Blood Glucose

While there is much in the way of contrasting information and opinion on how best to treat diabetes, a recognised method is to find foods that lower blood sugar (BGLs).

While we are certainly not doctors or medically qualified, our own experience lower carbohydrate foods were an effective way to lower our BGLs.

For diabetics, that’s a huge positive!

A diabetic doctor’s view –  find foods that lower blood sugar!

Well known USA-based Diabetic specialist, Dr Richard Bernstein, has described the ‘law of small numbers’. And he’s a Type 1 diabetic, too.

To simplify his explanation, putting small amounts of carbohydrate into the diabetic body will result in lower Blood Glucose Levels (BGLs), while putting larger amounts in will result in much higher BGLs.
In the long term, these higher BGLs can create significant health risks, eventually lethal for most diabetics… which is why even Dr Bernstein teaches people to find foods that lower blood sugar!

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The Science

There are many studies comparing various types of diets,, with one study concluding “The [Low Carb] diet… achieved greater improvements in the lipid profile, blood glucose stability, and reductions in diabetes medication… suggesting an effective strategy for management” (Tay et al., 2015).

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Another concluded “Reducing CHO intake… is effective in reducing body weight and… improving glycemic control, with a stronger effect with a very low carb diet” (Bolla, Caretto, Laurenzi, Scavini, & Piemonti, 2019).

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The benefits

Popular British diabetic website diabetes.co.uk promotes the benefits of low carb diets for diabetics as they are known not only to reduce BGLs, but also promote weight loss, tend to be more satisfying and are relatively easy to stick to once habits are changed.
They list a number of simple benefits for diabetics:

More consistent BGLs

As per Dr Bernstein’s “Law of small numbers”, lower carbohydrates have less effect on BGLs and as such, lead to smaller variations during the day, creating a more even and consistent outcomes.

Lower risk of hypos

Hypoglycaemia is a dangerous condition where BGLs are too low. If not treated immediately with glucose to help stabilise BGL at a safer level, dangerous side effects can occur, even untimely death.

Lower HbA1C

This is a 3-month average of BGLs used by doctors to measure overall blood glucose during that period. Diabetics often have much higher values for this test, than non-diabetics. Help lowering this is essential.

More energy and less cravings

Less variation in BGL means a more stable system and less likelihood that BGL variations will cause the body to crave more food.

Clearer thinking

High and low blood glucose levels mean that the body is not operating normally, and can affect cognitive function, or ability to think clearly.

Less risk of long-term complications

This is a simple one… getting your BGLs to as normal a level as possible means that those side effects may be avoided for a long time, or hopefully at all!

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