Low-Carb Diet Enhances Renal Function in People with Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

August 17, 2021

Man Eating SaladIndividuals with type 2 diabetes who follow a low-carb and therefore possibly a higher protein diet can ‘significantly improve’ their kidney function, latest research suggests.

The study, which was led by Dr David Unwin, has discredited previous reports that have claimed that high protein intake promotes renal damage and that low-carb diets themselves may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications.

During the work, the team of clinicians assessed 143 adults (average age 61 years) with type 2 diabetes who chose a low-carb diet for more than two years. The diet was designed with the aim of improving blood sugars by reducing the intake of sugary and starchy foods like bread, potatoes and rice, replacing them with, for example, green leafy vegetables, full fat dairy, eggs, non-processed meat, fish, berries and nuts.

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