Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Are Low-Carb Diets Underutilised for Type 2 Diabetes?

Health
As a dietitian I have held back on talking publicly about a lot of things I strongly believe in. Deep down, I think this is based on being concerned with how other dietitians view me. I know that I am not alone in this and a lot of dietitians feel this way as well. My recent article on why I’m not a non-diet dietitian made that point clear to me. The inflow of private messages I got from people sharing their stories and why they weren’t speaking up on the topic was incredible. This is exactly why I am writing about low-carb diets for Type 2 Diabetes (referred to as diabetes for the rest of the post). It’s another topic that I personally have avoided to speaking up about. Maybe…
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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Health
Type II diabetes mellitus (most often referred to as type II diabetes) is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin (a hormone that helps our body maintain healthy blood sugar levels), or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, glucose (sugar) builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy(1). ‘Blood sugar’ and ‘blood glucose’ are often used interchangeably. Your body gets glucose from foods that contain carbohydrates (we’ll refer to these as carbs for this post), such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, milk and fruit. You body breaks down these carbs into glucose. To use this glucose, your body needs insulin. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including heart…
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Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Sports
Calling all marathon runners, long distance swimmers and other endurance athletes! For a long time, high carbohydrate consumption and blanket recommendations have been part of endurance sports nutrition practice. However, recent research has shown we need to think more carefully about the way we prescribe carbohydrates to endurance athletes. Train Hard We’ve all heard of carb loading- filling up on pasta and bread before a big race or competition. Carb loading and other standard carbohydrate recommendations are centred around providing adequate fuel for training. The purpose of carbohydrate loading, before training or competition, is to increase muscle glycogen stores, which, fuel exercise. Glycogen, however, is a fleeting source and once it runs out, we ‘hit the wall’. This is when the body is forced to switch from primarily carbohydrate fuel…
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