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8. Diabetes and Low Carb Diets

Extract from "Updated Analysis of Health Problems Associated with High-Protein, High-Fat, Carbohydrate-Restricted Diets Reported via an Online Registry" by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) (Dec, 2003)

Note: Numbers in brackets refer to research references. See Low Carb Eating References

Diabetes was reported by 54 percent of the registrants.

One individual wrote that “her diabetes worsened,” but what stopped her from continuing was “the flank pain and almost tea-colored urine.”

In diabetes, renal impairment and cardiovascular disease are particularly common. The use of diets that may further tax the kidneys and may reduce arterial compliance is not recommended. Furthermore, contrary to some news reports, diets high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat do not impair glucose tolerance; most evidence indicates that such diets improve insulin sensitivity.

In individuals with diabetes, the principal strategies for preventing or slowing impairment of renal function include controlling blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and blood lipid concentrations, and decreasing protein intake to low normal levels. The beneficial effect of low-protein diets in diabetic nephropathy has been confirmed in two recent meta-analyses, with no adverse effects on the glycemic control. (28)

Popular books and news stories have encouraged individuals to avoid carbohydrate-rich foods, suggesting that high-protein foods will not stimulate insulin release.

However, contrary to this popular myth, proteins stimulate insulin release, just as carbohydrates do.

Clinical studies indicate that beef and cheese cause a bigger insulin release than pasta, and fish produces a bigger insulin release than popcorn. (29)

INDEX to PCRM Low Carb Health Problems Report

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The PCRM Report:

General Advice For Diabetics
Diabetes Information
Diabetes Symptoms
Diabetes Test
Diabetes Treatment
Diabetes Management
Diabetes Health Problems
Diabetes and Weight Loss
Gestational Diabetes
Pre-Diabetes Guide
Hyperglycemia - High Blood Glucose
Hypoglycemia - Low Blood Glucose
Diabetic Diet Advice
Diabetes, Carbs and Diet
Diabetes Health on Low Carb Diet
Obesity Information
Diabesity, Diabetes and Obesity

Hormone to Lower Blood Glucose
Insulin Information
Insulin Hormone & Blood Glucose
Hyperinsulimia - High Insulin Levels
Insulin and Glucose For Brain
Insulin and Obesity
Insulin Development
Types of Insulin
Synthetic Insulin: Animal/Human
Long Acting Insulin
Intermediate Acting Insulin
Rapid Acting Insulin
Short Acting Insulin
Insulin Resistance
Insulin Resistance, Obesity, Carbs
Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Carbs and Glycemic Response
Carbohydrates Information
Complex Carbs Guide
Facts About Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Digestion of Carbs
Blood Glucose Levels
Glucose into Energy
Blood Glucose Monitor/Meter
Glycemic Index Food Chart
Glycemic Index - How Measured?
What Affects Glycemic Value?
Glycemic Value of a Meal
Health Effects of High GI Carbs
Glycemic Index Food Pyramid
GI Diet Recipes

Glycemic Index (GI)
GI Values in Carbohydrates
GI Value For Beans
GI Value For Bread
GI Value For Cereal
GI Value For Dairy Food
GI Value For Drinks
GI Value For Fruit
GI Value For Meat/Fish
GI Value For Nuts
GI Value For Snacks
GI Value For Starchy Carbs
GI Value For Sugar
GI Value For Vegetables
GI Value For Whole Grains


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