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    Just to confirm what we all know ...

    Post by sanguine on Wed Jan 21 2015, 15:53

    I don't think this has been posted on here yet, but I think this is a great distillation of what we all know already and what is steadily gaining momentum.

    http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/fulltext#bib94

    Author list: Richard D. Feinman, Ph.D.correspondenceemail, Wendy K. Pogozelski, Ph.D., Arne Astrup, M.D., Richard K. Bernstein, M.D., Eugene J. Fine, M.S., M.D., Eric C. Westman, M.D., M.H.S., Anthony Accurso, M.D., Lynda Frassetto, M.D., Barbara A. Gower, Ph.D., Samy I. McFarlane, M.D., Jörgen Vesti Nielsen, M.D., Thure Krarup, M.D., Laura Saslow, Ph.D., Karl S. Roth, M.D., Mary C. Vernon, M.D., Jeff S. Volek, R.D., Ph.D., Gilbert B. Wilshire, M.D., Annika Dahlqvist, M.D., Ralf Sundberg, M.D., Ph.D., Ann Childers, M.D., Katharine Morrison, M.R.C.G.P., Anssi H. Manninen, M.H.S., Hussain M. Dashti, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., Richard J. Wood, Ph.D., Jay Wortman, M.D., Nicolai Worm, Ph.D.

    Abstract reads (the last three sentences are really good).

    The inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the specific failure of the prevailing low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk, or general health and the persistent reports of some serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications, in combination with the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects, point to the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines. The benefits of carbohydrate restriction in diabetes are immediate and well documented. Concerns about the efficacy and safety are long term and conjectural rather than data driven. Dietary carbohydrate restriction reliably reduces high blood glucose, does not require weight loss (although is still best for weight loss), and leads to the reduction or elimination of medication. It has never shown side effects comparable with those seen in many drugs. Here we present 12 points of evidence supporting the use of low-carbohydrate diets as the first approach to treating type 2 diabetes and as the most effective adjunct to pharmacology in type 1. They represent the best-documented, least controversial results. The insistence on long-term randomized controlled trials as the only kind of data that will be accepted is without precedent in science. The seriousness of diabetes requires that we evaluate all of the evidence that is available. The 12 points are sufficiently compelling that we feel that the burden of proof rests with those who are opposed.

    Originally came to my attention at

    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/low-carbohydrate-diets-in-the-treatment-of-diabetes-the-latest-summary-by-the-experts.70624/#post-739922
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    Re: Just to confirm what we all know ...

    Post by graham64 on Wed Jan 21 2015, 22:14

    "The insistence on long-term randomized controlled trials as the only kind of data that will be accepted is without precedent in science."

    There have been many short term studies that have concluded that LC works but often they come with the caveat: "longer term studies are needed"  The problem is that funding is hard to come by for such studies.

    Around four years ago following on from a six month LC study DUK did provide backing for a long term 2 year study, the results never published because according to DUK they were inconclusive.

    That they chose to keep the results under wraps makes the cynic in me think they had something to hide.


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