Have you ever wondered if the increasingly popular low-carbohydrate, high fat ketogenic diet might help you with conditions such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome? Here's your chance as researchers seek participants for a new study comparing ketogenic diets with traditional diet plans, reported Jimmy Moore in his October 30 La Vida Low-Carb blog.
"One of the major arguments made by conventional health experts regarding the use of low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diets for people with Type 2 diabetes is the lack of scientific evidence supporting this nutritional therapy," points out Jimmy, author of several books explaining how to benefit from low carb dieting such as "21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew" (click for details).
The issue: More information is needed comparing a ketogenic diet to the diabetic diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). To achieve that goal, researchers at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) Osher Center for Integrative Medicine are conducting a study called SUCCEED.
The goal of the study: "Determine the ideal diet and lifestyle recommendations for people with diabetes and whether it is possible to teach this information successfully to people online," explains Jimmy.
The researchers will evaluate cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, waist size and blood sugar levels in 150 participants. Each participant will be randomly assigned to either a low-carbohydrate, high-fat, ketogenic diet or the ADA’s “Create Your Plate” program.
To participate, you must meet these criteria:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must be overweight (BMI of 25 and above)
- You must have Type 2 diabetes (your HbA1c is >6.5%)
- You are not taking insulin or any diabetes drugs (except Metformin)