CSIRO conducted research with laboratories around the world and found that a diet that has fewer carbohydrates, and more protein and healthy fats is actually more effective for improving blood glucose management.
They analyzed 23 published clinical trials around the world, comparing a low-carbohydrate diet and a low-fat diet.
Patients who limited their carbohydrates were more likely to bring their diabetes to remission without side effects, and were able to achieve greater weight loss after six months.
When George Inatei decided to eliminate carbohydrates from his diet, he became a new man.
Within six months, the type 2 diabetic dropped from weighing over 100 kg to 62 kg.
He also no longer needs several injections of insulin a day to control his diabetes, and his blood pressure and cholesterol have also improved.
“It was liberating what I have done in my life in the last 40 years,” he told 9News.
A new study looked at patients with type 2 diabetes who ate a low-carb diet with upper limits, including a daily cup of pasta, corn cobs, a slice of toast and a piece of medium-sized fruit.
Researchers say that most of the benefits decreased by 12 months, which could be related to the intensity and challenges of maintaining a strict dietary intervention.
This is an option that people should consider, but in consultation with a healthcare professional.