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Dr. David Ludwig on the history of carbohydrate reduction

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A new review , published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, explains how carbohydrate reduction has been used to treat diabetes since the 1700 s.

Some may find it surprising that low-carb foods have such an expansive record. But that’s what induces this review from Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard physician, so important.

A diet that’s been used medically for over 300 times is hardly “fringe” or a “fad.” Yet, that is how many in today’s medical and nutritional landscape represent low-carb diets.

Perhaps they could benefit from construe this article.

Dr. Ludwig and his colleagues summarize over 300 years of history in their newspaper. They take us on a excursion showing how the standard of care for treating diabetes altered from carb reduction to a combination of remedies and a low-fat diet.

As the authors state in the section, this change did not occur “because of substantiated supremacy for long-term outcomes” — but instead because insulin insertions can temporarily “ameliorate the acute metabolic effects of carbohydrate consumption.”

The rise of insulin rehabilitation, along with the distraction between ketosis and ketoacidosis and an too restricted focus on low-density lipoprotein ( LDL) cholesterol, quickened the transition from low-carb to low-fat diets.

But to Ludwig and his team, this doesn’t make sense.

The review equates the naturalnes of carbohydrate reduction versus the modern approach of expensive remedies that have the potential for adverse effects. The columnists too summarize the evidence for carbohydrate reduction as a safe and effective treatment for insulin and blood sugar-related disorders.

In the end, the authors acknowledge the need for ongoing research, and they establish the speciman that the “old” therapy of carbohydrate reduction should become “new” again.

If you are interested in learning more about low-carb foods, you can start with our beginners guide to low carb, or you could learn more about how to reverse type 2 diabetes in our dedicated navigate.

Thanks for learning, Bret Scher, MD, FACC

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