Low-Fat Diet Better for Type 1 Diabetes Control

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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS December 18, 2012

Low-Fat Diet Better for Type 1 Diabetes Control

December 18, 2012

Researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Center found that patients with type 1 diabetes have higher blood sugar levels after high-fat meals and need more insulin as a result. Up until now, people with type 1 diabetes have focused on carbohydrates, but these new results suggest a new focus on fat may be in order.

Low-fat vegan diets are known to be helpful for people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes may benefit, too. Reducing fat intake may reduce insulin requirements and may also help prevent complications.

Wolpert HA, Atakov-Castillo A, Smith SS, Steil GM. Dietary fat acutely increases glucose concentrations and insulin requirements in patients with type 1 diabetes: implications for carbohydrate-based bolus dose calculation and intensive diabetes management. Diabetes Care. Published ahead of print November 27, 2012.

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