Public Health England May Go For Low Carb Approach For Type 2 Diabetes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The government intends to use low carb approach in official nutritional advice for people with type 2 diabetes.
  • SACN is drafting new guide for diabetic people.

The government is considering to use low carb approach in its official nutritional advice for people with type 2 diabetes. An independent committee of scientific experts has published a draft document, describing the improvement in health outcomes for diabetic people that low carb diet can offer.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has requested healthcare professionals and leading experts to review the draft report official publishing. Representatives from the British Dietetic Association, Diabetes UK, National Health Service (NHS) England, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of GPs also assisted the SACN in drafting the guidelines.

Right now, Public Health England’s (PHE) uses Eatwell Guide to offer nutritional advice to people with type 2 diabetes. The current approach suggests approximately 50% of dietary intake should consist of starchy carbohydrates that include bread, potatoes, and rice. A low carb diet consists of 130g or less of carbohydrate a day. This means focusing on eating fats, proteins, and some non-starchy vegetables. Sources of protein include fish, meat, poultry, and eggs.

In recent years, some studies have demonstrated the low carb approach can effectively manage blood sugar levels and achieve weight loss among patients with type 2 diabetes.

As the doctor says

Dr Adrienne Cullum, head of nutrition science at PHE, said:

“The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), with support from a range of partners including Diabetes UK and NHSE, have undertaken a thorough review of the evidence on low carb diets for adults with type 2 diabetes. SACN is consulting on the draft report to make sure it has considered all the relevant evidence, and to invite comments on the draft conclusions.”

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