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Tuesday 14 June 2011

Low carbohydrate diet may reverse kidney failure in people with diabetes.

"Our study is the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes," said Dr. Mobbs. "This finding has significant implications for the tens of thousands of Americans diagnosed with diabetic kidney failure, and possibly other complications, each year."

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high-fat diet typically used to control seizures in children with epilepsy. Many cells can get their energy from ketones, which are molecules produced when the blood glucose levels are low and blood fat levels are high. When cells use ketones instead of glucose for fuel, glucose is not metabolized. Since high glucose metabolism causes kidney failure in diabetes, researchers hypothesized that the ketogenic diet would block those toxic effects of glucose.

Considering the extreme requirements of the diet, it is not a long-term solution in adults. However, Dr. Mobbs' research indicates that exposure to the diet for as little as a month may be sufficient to "reset" the gene expression and pathological process leading to kidney failure.


Lowcarb team member said...

"Considering the extreme requirements of the diet, it is not a long-term solution in adults."

What's extreme about a prawn and avocado salad followed by nice steak and four non starchy veg. Followed by some strawberries and double cream ?

Eddie the extremist !

FredT said...

It is just an opinion that "it is not a long-term solution in adults" If you want that diet, long term, add a few vitamin supplements and go for it.

The current SAD "is not a long-term solution in adults"