Less Carbohydrates = Less Diabetic Symptoms?
By: Stefano Sarge
Less carbohydrates = less diabetic symptoms?
A recent study has shown that individuals with type 2 diabetes can help better regulate their blood sugar levels by reducing their carbohydrate intake WHILE increasing their protein and fat consumption. This improvement is shown in comparison to the current dietary recommendation that is RICH in carbohydrates. These dietary changes also showed to help reduce liver fat and improve overall fat metabolism!
Why are these benefits important?
· Regulate Blood Sugar Levels:
o Reduce lethargy (brain fog)
o Less frequent urination
o Reduce cravings
o Reduce episodes of dizzy spells and blurry vision
· Reduce Liver Fat Content
o Reduce fatigue and confusions
o Reduce swelling
o Reduce chances of fatty liver diseases and liver cancer
· Improved Fat Metabolism
o Reduction in overall body fat
o More efficient utilization of fat as an energy source
What do I do?
So, while the benefits sound great, how do I do this? Great question! Start with small steps.
1. Consult with your physician or nutritionist prior to making any dietary changes!
2. Reduce the amount of processed and refined carbohydrates (sugars) that you consume daily.
3. Replace these foods with high-quality, lean proteins and healthy fat sources.
4. When consuming carbohydrates, look to complex sources such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa just to name a few.
5. Check your blood sugars daily and even multiple times a day to see if this has any effect on your levels.
Remember, every-BODY is different and will yield different results. These changes may take a few days or a few weeks to take effect or to elicit any of the benefits listed above.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or if you would like to share your success stories. What has worked for you??
Stefano Sarge EP-C, CSCS
Study Reference: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00125-019-4956-4