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Encouraging Signs That Dietitians Will Get Behind Low-Carb Diets

As part of our educational outreach at Atkins, we try to attend as many conferences as possible to share all the research supporting low-carb diets and spread the word on how a low-carb diet like Atkins can help you lose weight and improve health. We recently attended a conference sponsored by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where we were able to reach out to hundreds of people and talk about how Atkins works. A big topic of discussion at the conference was how powerful nutrition can be at managing a disease like diabetes vs. just relying on drugs that artificially manage the disease.This topic was covered in the AADE conference edition of Today’s Dietitian in the article “Low-Carb Diets—Research Shows They May Be More Beneficial Than Other Dietary Patterns.”

Current recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for people with diabetes have changed to reflect the increased use of insulin-sensitizing drugs, leading to guidelines that are relatively high in carbs (45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal!). The ADA approves the use of low-carb diets in obese and overweight people with type-2 diabetes as a way to promote weight loss, although cautions that this approach should be limited to one year.

But research continues to show that low-carb diets can be safe and effective over the long term. The meta-analysis (combining and analyzing the results of different studies) released in the June issue of the British Journal of Nutrition shows that a low-carb diet like Atkins is more effective for long-term weight loss (after the one- and two-year mark) than a conventional low-fat diet. In addition, it showed that a low-carb diet is beneficial and safe for people who are highly insulin resistant and have a higher intolerance to carbs. Another study from Sweden, published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, reported that it can help control weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure for more than 2 years in motivated patients.

This is great news, because these are the people who need to keep carb consumption low for the long term to control insulin resistance and carb intolerance. This meta-analysis and the Swedish study supports previous findings showing low-carb diets are more effective than low-fat diets, but what’s even more important is that these studies showcase the efficacy of a diet like Atkins over time, and shows that recommending a low-carb diet like Atkins to people with type-2 diabetes over a long term is a safe and effective way to manage the disease.

I have written about plenty of studies that show that low-carb diets are beneficial for weight loss (there’s a news flash), especially when it comes to people who have type-2 diabetes. This latest article in Today’s Dietitian addresses many of the studies we have covered that support the long-term efficacy and safety of low-carb diets, their positive effect on cardiovascular risk profiles, and the ongoing proof showing that low-carb diets can help people with diabetes manage their disease, while enjoying the benefits of lasting weight loss. According to the author of this article, “Dietitians now can offer low-carb diets as an option for their clients with type-2 diabetes, helping them focus on nutrient-rich foods to ensure nutritional adequacy. Working in concert with physicians also is important to allow timely adjustments of medications, especially insulin, oral hypoglycemic agents, and hypertensive medications, and the regular monitoring of their health risk profile.”

It is encouraging to me when low-carb diets like Atkins continue to be recognized as an approved tactic for managing health conditions like diabetes. Managing your health through better nutrition instead of better drugs should really be the way to go.

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013 03:07 PM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Induction, Carb Balance/Carb Intolerance, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Personal observations & lessons learned
Comments
aragonsmom said:
I sure hope so, a couple years ago my husband was sent to a diabetes educator and this skinny little old lady gave us the worst advice ever and my husband who was almost 200 pounds overweight, started gaining even more on her high carb, low fat plan. His DR. actually told him to " ignore her, she's probably never been overweight a day in her life and has no clue". Well guess what? Our Dr was on a low carb diet and losing weight and feeling great and recommended it for hubby. Unfortunately we didn't stick with it at that time, but now we are committed for life and loving it. Let me just say that we have never eaten this healthy before. We eat so many different vegetables that neither of us liked before because I had to take the time to figure out how to prepare them differently, and I did. Spinach stuffed pork chops, zucchini noodles in asiago cheese sauce(zoodles) Fried radishes in bacon butter (yum) twice baked cauliflower casserole, and the list goes on and on. Gone from our diet is our normal favorites ... fries, pasta, chips, cake, brownies, bread, etc. Our health has improved, husbands blood sugar is rapidly improving, blood pressure is slowly improving, hopefully sleep apnea will cease to exist by the time he hits goal. I was suffering from severe GERD and my doubled dose of protonics was not working at all anymore, I was no longer able to sleep in my bed but had to sit upright in a chair. I was throwing up and choking on acid nightly, within 1 week of doing low carb, the symptoms dissappeared 100%. We actually have the energy to exercise together as a family, we swim everday with our 3 kids, go for nightly walks on the bike trail, play ball, etc. So, how can they possibly say this is not a much healthier lifestyle/diet for us? I do have faith that someday, they just might see it our way. Thank you Atkins for allowing my life to change for the better!
August 15, 2013 09:16 AM EST
milo1054 said:
Colette, I hope you can help me. Not sure how to navigate on here. What does <1 carb mean on the label? Do I take it as 0 carbs?
August 15, 2013 01:43 PM EST
aragonsmom said:
milo1054, you would count that as 1 carb not zero. <1 means it is not zero carbs, but less than 1.
August 15, 2013 05:36 PM EST
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