Low Carb Diet REVERSES Cardiac Markers in Diabetes

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Many people are still opposed to the low carbohydrate diet. I just don’t know why. Like anything, not every diet is good for every person. I get that. But we are now seeing medical studies that show amazing improvements in diseases from diabetes and heart disease, to digestive diseases and cancer that are improved with a low carb diet.

Dr. Atkins was among the first to publish his theories about heart disease, diabetes and the low carb diet. Presently we have many other diets, such as Paleo and Primal that follow in the same footsteps as Atkins. Many people are experiencing extraordinary weight loss and improvements in health markers with the low carb diet.

This study on Cancer and the Low Carb Diet will hopefully show improvements in cancer patients when they go on a ketogenic diet.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the GAPS diet are essentially low carb — especially the introduction diets of both. Folks with digestive disorders just seem to have lots of trouble digesting carbohydrates.

Finally Medicine is Using Diet to REVERSE Disease

Diabetic patients were put on a low carbohydrate diet and were assisted in lifestyle changes for exercise and weight lose. They were compared to a group that was put on the typical low fat diet.

Interestingly, the low carb group fared better by being able to lower their diabetic medications, lower their blood pressure and improve diastolic function. Are you surprised?

This was reported at the 5th International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Snydrome (PDMS) 2013.

Diastolic Function Dysfunction Present in Many With Diabetes

Diastolic dysfunction is generally defined in some studies as,

In some studies, diastolic dysfunction has been defined as heart failure with normal systolic function. That is, a patient is defined as having diastolic dysfunction if they have signs and symptoms of heart failure but the left ventricular ejection fraction is normal.

It gets much more complicated in part because other studies define it differently and use different cardiac tests and criteria. What we really need to know is that diastolic dysfunction can lead to heart failure and that can be fatal — especially in patients with insulin resistance or diabetes.

Glucose Metabolism and Blood Pressure Improved in Low Carb Group

While both groups experienced some weight loss, the low carb group had a really significant improvement in glucose metabolism that lead to a decrease in need for diabetic medication of 86% after only three weeks on the program. That is amazing!

The low carb group also experienced a decrease of 10 points in the systolic blood pressure after three weeks. Also amazing!

The condition of diastolic function also improved on the low carb diet — not related to the blood pressure reduction.

Prof Helene von Bibra (Technical University Munich, Germany) reported her findings at the Congress — She noted,

Many patients with insulin resistance, diabetes, or both have subclinical diastolic dysfunction, with severe prognostic implications if it becomes symptomatic… The gains in diastolic function probably were not independently related to the associated blood-pressure reductions; rather, she proposed, they reflected improvements in myocardial energy utilization on the low-glycemic diet.

What do you think? Have you had success on the low carb diet for a condition? Please leave a comment and share!


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  • Virginia May 1, 2013, 9:26 am

    Thanks for the info. I’ll be passing it along to a friend who is diabetic and just had to have heart surgery. I wish she knew this years ago.

  • Andrea @Andreas Kitchen May 1, 2013, 10:30 am

    Years ago I had a friend who was diabetic and ate lots of carbs and sweets. Her doctor wanted to up her diabetes medicine and I convinced her to try the Atkins diet before upping her meds. She and her husband both went on the diet and lost a good amount of weight and felt much better. Not only did my friend not have to up her meds, she was able to eventually stop her meds for diabetes entirely.

    • Jill May 1, 2013, 10:37 am

      Thanks for sharing. There are so many success stories with Atkins Diet. Shameful that doctors do not tell their patients about it — they just assume the patient would not do it and only want a prescription.

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  • Lourdes May 2, 2013, 6:39 am

    I am a physician, MD, and I can assure you that I, as well as my physician husband and many of our MD friends are recommending low carb and gluten free diets to our patients. I really believe that a subgroup of the medical community does understand the importance of diet in disease processes. The propogation of this understanding to the mainstream medical community is taking much longer than I would like to see but we are on the right track.

  • Joyce May 2, 2013, 10:36 pm

    I have been a diabetic for about 15 years. I followed the recommended carbohydrate limits set out by the RD that I saw when I was first diagnosed. I just kept getting worse and worse and ended up on 3 different medications. Now I eat no grains at all, no fruit, no white potatoes and minimal starchy vegetables and I am off all but one medication. My goal is to get off of the last medication as soon as possible. I know that this type of diet doesn’t suit everyone but it has worked very well for me. When I reach a point that my body is working properly I will try to incorporate fruit back into my diet but I have no plans on ever eating grains again.

    • Jill May 3, 2013, 7:27 am

      Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for sharing. You are doing a great job! I know how hard it is to go low carb, especially if you cant eat fruit, but it is so worth it when you can manage diabetes with so few meds.

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