"As research supporting the benefits of low carb for diabetes continues to mount, this way of eating continues to find favour among mainstream diabetes organizations worldwide.
In their 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines, Diabetes Canada maintained its recommendation that people with diabetes should consume about 45-60% of their calories from carbs. This would be roughly 225-300 grams of carbs daily for someone eating about 2,000 calories a day.
The authors stated that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of carb restriction for diabetes. They also emphasized that it’s very important for people with diabetes to work with their healthcare provider to manage insulin and other medications when eating low carb. Hypoglycemia is a major concern.
Yet the overall conclusion is decidedly supportive of carb restriction as a viable option:
Healthy low- or very-low-carb diets can be considered as one healthy eating pattern for individuals living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes for weight loss, improved glycemic control and/or to reduce the need for antihyperglycemic therapies.
At Diet Doctor, we applaud Diabetes Canada for this move. It’s encouraging to hear that Canadians with diabetes will be presented with a low-carb option that can help them achieve better blood sugar control with less medication, improve their health, and increase their quality of life.
And as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has supported carb restriction for people with diabetes for more than nine years, I am thrilled that Canadian clinicians will be able to provide low-carb guidance to their patients without fear of deviating from standard recommendations."
All the best Jan