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Friday, 20 September 2019

DIABETES NEWS : Small cuts to carbohydrate loads can improve blood sugar


Anne Mullens writes:

Study: Small cuts to carb loads can improve blood sugar.

When you are trying to cut carbohydrates to improve your health, even a little bit can count.

That’s what Japanese researchers demonstrated in a small experiment with a group of 41 patients with type 2 diabetes who wore continuous glucose monitors. All they changed in the participants’ diets was the carb count of the bread they consumed at each meal, swapping a low-carb version for the normal, high-carb bread.

The result? The participants’ blood sugars and lipid markers improved, as well as other markers of pancreatic function and metabolism. The researchers concluded: “These results indicate that changing only the carbohydrate content of the staple food has benefits on glucose and lipid metabolism.”

Pubmed: Low-carbohydrate diet by staple change attenuates postprandial GIP and CPR levels in type 2 diabetes patients

While the researchers did not divulge their recipe for low-carb bread, Diet Doctor, and many other sites/blogs, have a variety of tasty low-carb bread recipes that can help you swap out your high-carb versions and get your carb load down.

Diet Doctor, and many other blogs/sites, also have low-carb versions of favourite high-carb staples like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta.

Many people find that once they adapt to a low-carb way of eating — which satisfies hunger, keeps blood sugar stable and cravings under control — they lose their need and desire for those old, high-carb staples.


If you are looking for other ways to reduce your carbohydrate load, check out Diet Doctors popular guide, “Six steps down the carb mountain” which will show you other easy ways to get rid of extra sugar and starch in your diet. 

So remember, whether you go in big or go in small, it’s all good news: cutting carbs wherever you can makes a positive impact on your blood sugar. 

You may also be interested in reading:
Introduction to Low Carb for beginners, find it here
Just Swap - Doesn't It Make Sense ? - find it here 

Dear reader, this blog is presented in a magazine style - we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music and recipes! However, not all the recipes ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

23 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Good news! Have a great weekend, Valerie

mxtodis123 said...

Good to know. Hubby developed Type 2 diabetes from using prednisone for his COPD. We've cut his carbs by over half.

Sandi said...

It's good for non-diabetics too!

Evi Erlinda said...

Glad to know it.

William Kendall said...

That is good to know.

Tom said...

...good to know that small steps make a difference.

Elephant's Child said...

Every journey starts with a single step.

Christine said...

Thanks for this info.

Chatty Crone said...

I am diabetic - so I copied the address of a lot of the sites you recommended. Thanks

dellgirl said...

This is a great post! It’s so full of helpful information, thank you for sharing it. Because of you, I now know a bit more about cutting carbs to improve blood sugar. Thank you for that.


Wishing you a great Weekend!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Any improvement you make toward better health is all ways good.
Coffee is on

shion said...

This article help me
thanks

Linda said...

That is good to know!

yonosoymillenium said...

very good information, thanks
I see that we always comment, so what do you think if we follow each other? I follow you already. Kisses

Bob Bushell said...

Good news, yeah.

Practical Parsimony said...

I just found out I have gastroparesis. The diet for that is not diabetes friendly at all.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Noticias muito interessantes e aproveito para desejar um bom fim-de-semana.

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Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
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Lowcarb team member said...

Practical Parsimony said...
I just found out I have gastroparesis. The diet for that is not diabetes friendly at all

Hello and thanks for your comment.
I am sorry to read that you have gastroparesis.

In case there are readers who wish to know more about this condition …
"Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly.

Certain medications, such as opioid pain relievers, some antidepressants, and high blood pressure and allergy medications, can lead to slow gastric emptying and cause similar symptoms. For people who already have gastroparesis, these medications may make their condition worse.

Gastroparesis can interfere with normal digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition. The cause of gastroparesis is usually unknown. Sometimes it's a complication of diabetes, and some people develop gastroparesis after surgery. Although there's no cure for gastroparesis, changes to your diet, along with medication, can offer some relief."

There are several articles online that you may find helpful, and I give some links below:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gastroparesis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355787

https://www.healthline.com/health/gastroparesis

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gastroparesis

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gastroparesis/

I do hope that with the help of your medical team, perhaps some additional research, prudent dietary changes and medical treatment can help you control the condition.

My good wishes

All the best Jan

carol l mckenna said...

Most informative post ~ great job!

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Teresa said...

Interesante como siempre. Un beso.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Very good to know. Everyone should heed this advice. Thank you, Jan.

Magic Love Crow said...

A very good post! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!

baili said...

great knowledge Jan!
thank you for sharing
after my surgery when my appetite lessened i inevitably loose carbohydrates portions to quite extent
later i knew it is more due to use of vitamin tablets
i stopped the use and gaining back my hunger but now i am far cautious for having carbs in my diet