CSIRO conducted research with labs across the world and found that a dietary pattern that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats is actually more effective for improving your blood glucose management.
They analysed 23 published clinical trials worldwide, comparing low carbohydrate diets with mostly low fat control diets.
Patients who restricted their carbohydrates were more likely to drive their diabetes into remission without adverse effects, they were also able to achieve greater weight loss after six months.
When George Inatey decided to shed carbohydrates from his diet, he became a new man.
Within six months the type 2 diabetic went from weighing over 100kg down to 62kg.
He also no longer requires several insulin injections a day to control his diabetes and his blood pressure and cholesterol have also improved.
“It was the most liberating thing I’ve done in my life in 40 years,” he told 9News.
The new study looked at patients with type 2 diabetes who ate a low carbohydrate diet with the upper limits including a daily cup of pasta, corn cob, a slice of toast and medium sized piece of fruit.
Researchers say most of the benefits diminished by 12 months which could be related to the intensity and challenges of maintaining a strict dietary intervention.
It’s an option people should consider but in consultation with a health professional.