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Friday, 11 February 2011

“It's not rocket science” Professor Charles Clark

Nutrition expert Professor Charles Clark gives advice on the controversial topic of the best diet for diabetes.

“The most effective diet that has been demonstrated to lower insulin levels, reduce blood glucose, reduce triglycerides and increase HDL is the GI diet. Unfortunately there are several different GI diets available, and some are definitely more effective than others.

To add to the confusion, a GI diet can be both low-carb (as it is lower in refined carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta) and high-carb at the same time (as it is high in unrefined carbohydrates by incorporating almost unlimited vegetables). The net effect of a properly managed GI diet is that the patient has:

• more stable glucose levels • lower insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (and therefore reduced requirement for oral medication) • reduced requirement for insulin in a type 1 diabetes patient • reduction of serum triglycerides and increase in high-density lipoproteins, significantly reducing cardiovascular risk.”

In Professor Charles Clark’s excellent book The Diabetes Revolution he states around 60 carbs per day as a minimum, around double the recommended by Dr. Richard Bernstein. Either way, a drastic reduction in carbs to the usual recommendations trotted out by most Doctors and dietitians.

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