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  • Mediterranean Diet caused greater reduction in blood sugar than low-carb or low-fat: -33 vs +1 v +12

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    Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:00 am Email this article
    A Mediterranean diet is better for reducing blood sugar levels in diabetics than a low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet according to a two-year study comparing a low-carbohydrate diet to a Mediterranean diet to a low-fat diet.

    Among the 36 diabetics who completed the study, those following a Mediterranean diet had the greatest reduction in blood sugar levels (-33 mg per deciliter) versus an increase of +1 mg per deciliter for those in the low-carbohydrate group and an increase of +12 mg per deciliter in the low-fat group.

    Comment: The lack of reduction in blood sugar in the low-carbohydrate group after two years is probably because they were not restricting carbohydrates as much as they did during the first year. At the end of the first year, blood sugar levels in the low-carbohydrate group had fallen by -18 mg per deciliter versus -23 mg per deciliter for the Mediterranean diet group. Study Details

    Details about the study are posted here

    Details about the study are posted here.


    Shai I, Schwarzfuchs D, Henkin Y, Shahar DR, Witkow S, M.P.H. IG, M.P.H. RG, M.P.H., Drora Fraser, Arkady Bolotin, Vardi H, Tangi-Rozental O, Zuk-Ramot R, Sarusi B, Brickner D, Schwartz Z, Sheiner E, Marko R, Katorza E, Thiery J, Fiedler GM, Bluher M, Stumvoll M, Stampfer MJ. Weight loss with a low-carbohydrate, mediterranean, or low-fat diet. N Engl J Med. 2008 Jul 17, 359(2):229-41.


    Dr. Shai
    S. Daniel Abraham International Center for Health and Nutrition
    Department of Epidemiology and Health Systems Evaluation
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    P.O. Box 653
    Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
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    On Nov 16, 2008 at 2:43 am Itsme wrote:

    . . . . .

    This of course would not be possible with a true low-carb diet.

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