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Less Saturated Fat, Better Blood Sugar

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
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A diet low in calories and saturated fat may be an ideal recipe for treating type 2 diabetes, researchers say. A study of 115 adults with type 2 diabetes compared two diets that restricted saturated fat (found in foods such as butter and bacon) to less than 10 percent of total calories. One was low in carbohydrate—with 14 percent of calories from carb—and high in “good” monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The other, a high-carb, low-fat diet—with 53 percent of calories from carbohydrate—was packed with “good” carbohydrates, mostly in the form of whole grains, fruits, and veggies. After 24 weeks, the average A1C—a measure of diabetes control—had dropped significantly in both groups.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 28, 2014