Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes

Very-low-carbohydrate diets can improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes, with low rates of hypoglycemia and other complications, according to an online patient survey. The researchers now call for controlled clinical trials of this approach.

Source: Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes: Survey finds exceptional blood-sugar control with few complications; researchers call for clinical trials — ScienceDaily

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to greater risk of diabetes

An epidemiological study suggests that persons deficient in vitamin D may be at much greater risk of developing diabetes.

Source: Vitamin D deficiency linked to greater risk of diabetes — ScienceDaily

Gene affects how some women store fat — and ups their diabetes risk

Cruelly, the gene is sex specific: men with the same variation of the gene have a much less heightened diabetes risk.

Source: Gene affects how some women store fat — and ups their diabetes risk: Natural variation has potent effect on women who have it — but not on men — ScienceDaily

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat breakfast later, more likely to have a higher BMI

Being an “evening person” is linked to higher body mass indices among people with Type 2 diabetes, and having breakfast later in the day seems to be what drives this association, according to a new article.

Source: People with Type 2 diabetes who eat breakfast later, more likely to have a higher BMI — ScienceDaily

Paleo and Whole 30

There are many different diets and ways of eating. A popular way of eating somewhat recently is the paleo diet. And related to the paleo diet is the whole 30 diet.

Paleo

Short for paleolithic, and also called the “caveman” diet. The paleo diet, put simply, consists of only foods a caveman could have eaten. So think natural, unprocessed foods. Meat, fish, leafy greens, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Fruits are also permitted. The paleo diet is similar to a ketogenic diet, but without the emphasis on fat; a more balanced macronutrient profile.

Benefits

Like the ketogenic diet, the paleo diet greatly improves many health markers. By eliminating gluten, lectins, sugar, dairy, and legumes, foods that cause inflammation are avoided. Calorie counting and tracking are not required, and eating to satiation is encouraged. More specifically, the paleo diet has been shown to improve:

  • Glucose control
  • Lipid profiles (in as little as 21 days)
  • Diabetes markers (HbA1C, triglycerides, diastolic blood pressure, weight and BMI, and HDL)
  • Fat mass
  • Cardiovascular fitness
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Paleo and Whole 30

Whole 30

The whole 30 diet is similar, as far as foods permitted and restricted, to the paleo diet. They differ in that the paleo diet is intended as a way of eating, as in long-term. The whole 30 diet, was formulated as just that: a diet. Whole 30 is intended as a dramatic and at least at first, short-term, way of changing diet and breaking bad eating habits. The “30” in the name stands for, you guessed it, 30 days. Encouraging people to change their habits to be more mindful of food choices for at least 30 days and notice the difference. The whole 30 diet also encourages cooking, which is a great way to make sure you’re eating better quality meals. Like the paleo diet it’s based on, whole 30 boasts many health benefits including:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved markers for diabetes, thyroid, and other metabolic disorders
  • Digestion and/or gut issues
  • Skin
  • Energy levels
  • Sleep

 

 

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Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice: No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Eating up to 12 eggs a week does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, new research finds — despite conflicting dietary advice continuing around the world.

Source: Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice: No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes — ScienceDaily

Physical exercise reduces risk of developing diabetes

Exercising more reduces the risk of diabetes and could see seven million fewer diabetic patients across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to new research.

Source: Physical exercise reduces risk of developing diabetes, study shows — ScienceDaily