The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has today published a new report (co-badged with Diabetes UK): Lower carbohydrate diets for adults with type 2 diabetes.

This report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) was co-chaired and co-badged with Diabetes UK.

It was initiated in response to a request from Public Health England, for a systematic assessment of the scientific evidence on ‘low’ carbohydrate diets, in recognition that such diets are gaining attention and are increasingly being promoted. However, since there is no agreed definition of a ‘low’ carbohydrate diet, comparisons in this report were between lower and higher carbohydrate diets.

Since SACN does not usually make recommendations relating to clinical conditions, a joint working group was established. The joint working group comprised members of SACN together with members nominated by Diabetes UK, the British Dietetic Association, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners.

The report is available here
SACN’s responses to the public consultation on the draft report are available here


Interested in learning about the history of dietary approaches and recommendations in the management of type 2 diabetes?  This webinar discusses the current recommendations in the UK and how low carbohydrate diets are supported.