A new report, by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and co-badged with Diabetes UK, has reviewed the evidence on lower carbohydrate for adults with type 2 diabetes. The report compares the effects of lower with higher carbohydrate diets on weight, blood sugar management, blood fats and medication use. The conclusions and recommendations of the report are based on a robust assessment of the evidence from randomised controlled trials.
SACN has concluded that:
For adults living with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity, there are beneficial effects of a lower carbohydrate diet for up to six months for some of the outcomes considered, including improving blood sugar management.
Overall, the quality of the evidence was not strong enough to recommend a lower carbohydrate diet for longer than six months.
People on lower carbohydrate diets lost more weight than those on higher carbohydrate diets in the first three months, but not after, so it’s unclear if the benefits of a lower carbohydrate diet are due to this early weight loss.
During this 60-minute webinar, Mr Douglas Twenefour (Diabetes UK), Co-Chair of the joint working group on lower carbohydrate diets for adults with type 2 diabetes, will discuss the evidence assessed in the SACN report, the basis of the conclusions drawn on the range of outcomes considered, as well as the recommendations and their practical implications. Mr Twenefour will also discuss the research recommendations arising from the limitations and gaps identified in the evidence base.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
This webinar has been endorsed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) (EN175).