Eating for Health

February 22, 2021

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Anchor lead: If you have diabetes what you eat really does make a difference, Elizabeth Tracey reports

Low carb diets do help people with diabetes improve their health, a recent meta-analysis found, although the benefits seemed to wane after a year. Rita Kalyani, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, did a study finding a similar impact.

Kalyani: What we found in a real world setting, so not in a study setting, was the low carbohydrate diet was effective at reducing A1c, at reducing weight and in some of these metabolic outcomes too, even at three months and even up to six months later.  :15

Kalyani cautions that adopting such a diet may prove challenging for some.

Kalyani: Having greater availability of foods to choose from is important. Unfortunately many of these foods that we might consider quote unquote higher quality also are more expensive, so I think looking at the translatability and to prompt us to multiple communities of diverse backgrounds will be important.  :18

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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