LCHF diet and type 2 diabetes

December 2006

Recently Heine and coworkers published a review in British Medical Journal about the treatment of type 2 diabetes without mentioning a word about the many succesful low-carbohydrate trials. The strong resistence against these trials is of course due to the cholesterol campaign according to which we shall eat carbohydrates instead of fat, an advice that has been given to diabetic patients as well. Read the many comments to that study in BMJ.

If you want to read more about the lowcarb diets I can recommend these papers, freeely available on the web:

Arora SK, McFarlane SI. The case for low carbohydrate diets in diabetes management.

Westman EC, Volek JS, Feinman RD Carbohydrate restriction improves the features of Metabolic Sydrome. Metabolic Syndrome may be defined by the response to carbohydrate restriction.

Ridicule instead of answer

As readers of my newsletters or my books know there is no evidence whatsoever that saturated fat has anything to do with atherosclerosis or coronary heart disease. But do you know that there is no evidence either that saturated fat raises the cholesterol concentration in the blood? A recent paper by Krauss and coworkers is a further confirmation, but their finding, clearly recorded in a table, wasn´t mentioned in the discussion or in the abstract. This is a common observation when researchers come up with results that go counter to the cholesterol paradigm. Therefore I sent a letter to the editor. My letter was commented in a vicious editorial by Martijn Katan, one of the most eager proponents of the cholesterol campaign. You can read more about this discussion here.

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