Is a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) effective for improving glycemia and reducing medications in patients with type 2 diabetes?

From: Nutrition & Metabolism

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  • 28 overweight participants with type 2 diabetes


  • A 16-week intervention which provided LCKD counselling.
  • Participants returned every other week for measurements, counselling, and further medication adjustment. 


  • The average age was 56 years and average BMI was 42.2.
  • Hemoglobin A1c decreased by 16% from 7.5% to 6.3% from commencement to week 16.
  • Diabetes medications were discontinued in 7 participants, reduced in 10 participants, and unchanged in 4 participants.
  • The average body weight decreased by 6.6% from 131.4kg to 122.7kg. 


  • Yes (with confidence)


Editors Notes

  • A conflict of interest is applicable to this paper; one of the authors held a consulting relationship with Atkins Nutritionals inc.