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Low-carb diet – Type 2 diabetes prevention

Mark Dolan talks to Dr. David Unwin about his findings that going low-carbs can reduce the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes, as well, and helping in losing weight.

In 2013 he started cutting out Carbohydrates (sugar, potatoes, starch) from his diet, as he was getting a large stomach and sleeping more in the daytime; which he put down to normal ageing, being 55. One of the first things he noticed was that he was not hungry as much. As he says, ‘I‘d been a hungry guy for the first 55 years of my life. And suddenly I was thinking, “Do I really have to have breakfast?”’

He stumbled onto the low-carb diet after a confrontation with an angry patient who, as he says, ‘Looked a million dollars.’ After cutting out potatoes, rice, bread and breakfast cereals from her diet. And her Type 2 Diabetes had gone into remission. After this encounter, he, his wife, and a number of his patients went onto this low-carb diet, in 2013.

After seven (7) years of the date of this recording, there are eighty-five (85) people who are now in drug-free Type 2 Diabetes remission. In his first twenty (20) years of being a GP he had not seen one case of remission from Type 2 Diabetes. In the last eight (8) years, he has seen eighty-six (86) cases.

One of the main advantages of of less sugar is that the body needs to make less insulin (the hormone that gets rid of the sugar from the blood, by pushing it into your belly fat, into muscles and then into your liver), so by there being less sugar there is less fat going into your liver and your belly. Twenty percent (20%) of people in the developed world have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, A fatty liver interferes with the action of insulin. Because of this, the insulin is not as effective at getting rid of the blood sugars; you become resistant to insulin. Because of this, over time, the blood sugars start to climb. And it is this high blood sugar, over time, that does the damage that Type 2 Diabetes brings about. This is damaging the inside of your arteries.

How does this equate to your diet? Well, it is all to do with the glycaemic index (GI). Which can be hard to understand. But, to put it simply, for example, 150g of boiled rice will affect your blood glucose approximately to the equivalent of having 10 teaspoons of sugar. or 150g of boiled potatoes is like having 9 teaspoons of sugar. There are plenty of alternatives if you look on the Internet.

More information can be found on https://www.diabetes.co.uk/ and look for the low- carb forum. Also https://www.dietdoctor.com/ Or, if you use twitter then you can follow Dr Unwin on @lowcarbgp or paste that into a browser of your choice.

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