Are low-carb diets always best for diabetes?

Are low-carb diets always best for diabetes?

Low-carb diets have consistently been shown to lower blood sugar and improve other health markers in people with diabetes.

At the same time, certain higher-carb diets have been credited with similar effects.

For example, some studies suggest that low-fat vegan or vegetarian diets may lead to better blood sugar control and overall health (29Trusted Source, 30Trusted Source, 31Trusted Source, 32Trusted Source).

In a 12-week study, a brown-rice-based vegan diet containing 268 grams of carbs per day (72% of calories) lowered participants’ HbA1c levels more than a standard diabetes diet with 249 grams of total daily carbs (64% of calories) (32Trusted Source).

An analysis of 4 studies found that people with type 2 diabetes who followed a low-fat, macrobiotic diet consisting of 70% carbs achieved significant reductions in blood sugar and other health markers (33Trusted Source).

The Mediterranean diet likewise improves blood sugar control and provides other health benefits in individuals with diabetes (34Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source).

However, it’s important to note that these diets weren’t directly compared with low-carb diets, but rather with standard, low-fat diets often used for diabetes management.

In addition, more research on these diets is needed.

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