Diabetes Treatment Shocker: The Atkins Diet

Filed under: Study — @ June 9, 2006

Dr. Mary C. Vernon, President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and co-author of “Atkins Diabetes Revolution,” presents the study results from Duke University researcher Dr. Eric Westman today at the 66th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association taking place in Washington, D.C. from June 9-13, 2006.

Vernon said the media has unjustly maligned the Atkins diet in the public eye while scientific research continues to validate this nutritional approach as a healthy way to combat obesity and various diseases, including Type 2 diabetes.

bq. “Sadly, confusion generated in the media over the past couple of years by competing business interests has misled Americans and caregivers,” Dr. Vernon said. “As a result many have turned away from what is likely the most effective means to not only control diabetes with fewer medical interventions and reduced medications, but actually reverse the course of the epidemic: The Atkins Diet.”

For his study, Westman compared two low-carb diet approaches in overweight and obese Type 2 diabetics: a low-calorie, low-glycemic index diet (LGID) and a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (LCKD).

At the end of the first three months, he found the LCKD approach, which most closely resembles the Atkins diet, was most effective in lowering HgbA1c blood sugar levels and weight while nearly 8 in 10 of them were able to greatly reduce or eliminate their dependence on diabetic medicine.

Dr. Vernon will present the six-month findings of this study today at the ADA meeting. An interview with her is forthcoming regarding this new study so she can explain what it means to people who are diabetic or obese.

Read more about this new landmark study in the treatment of diabetes by clicking here.

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