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Can a low carb diet help prevent diabetes?

Diabetes runs in my family and I’ve been trying to find ways to delay my diagnosis for as long as possible. I saw a health report that said people with diabetes should follow a low carb diet rather than a low fat diet to help keep their sugar levels under control. If I go low carb, are my chances of becoming diabetic increased or decreased?

Additional Information: I am turning 22 this fall. I run an average of 5 miles a day, 4-5 times a week. And I have been eating smaller portions that include fresh fruits and veggies.

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One Response to “Can a low carb diet help prevent diabetes?”

  1. DaveW79 says:

    The American Diabetes Association, talking about the cause of Type2 diabetes, says, "…a family history of type 2 diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for getting the disease but it only seems to matter in people living a Western lifestyle." And,"…people who live in areas that have not become Westernized tend not to get type 2 diabetes, no matter how high their genetic risk."

    In other words genetic risk is not a factor unless you adopt the western lifestyle. What is so different about the western lifestyle? Diet. The number one source of calories in America is fructose.

    Recent research has shown that fructose increases all the markers of the metabolic syndrome, which leads to Type2 diabetes.

    "The only metabolic pathway open to fructose is that which ends up in fatty acid production. And remember, excessive fatty acid and triglyceride levels are convincingly tied to development of the metabolic syndrome, hypertension, glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes."

    A low carbohydrate diet would eliminate fructose, which is in most of the packaged food in the supermarket.

    @ It is important to have your vitamin D level checked and maintain adequate level.

    "Over the last 5 years, a number of large observational studies have suggested an association between the onset of type 2 diabetes and Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D has important effects on insulin action, and may impact on a number of pathways which may be of importance in the development of type 2 diabetes."

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