Is a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) effective for improving glycemia and reducing medications in patients with type 2 diabetes?
From: Nutrition & Metabolism
- Yancy, W.S., Foy, M., Chalecki, A.M., Vernon, M.C., Westman, E.C., 2005. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & Metabolism 2, 34.
- 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)
- A conflict of interest is applicable to this paper; one of the authors held a consulting relationship with Atkins Nutritionals inc.