Keto-style bush food diet could be key to helping Indigenous Australians to manage type 2 diabetes

February 14, 2023

A new study will test whether diets that closely resemble those consumed by First Nations people in pre-colonisation times can help drive type 2 diabetes remission in Indigenous people. Key points: Ketogenic diets call for fewer carbohydrates so that fats become the primary source of energy

Indigenous people of Australia

A study on how a traditional Indigenous diet based on ketogenic principles might reduce Type 2 diabetes will begin this year The study is being run by local Aboriginal elders, Flinders University and local health authorities The research, led by Ngarrindjeri elders in South Australia’s Coorong, along with Flinders University and the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) will use the ketogenic diet to boost health outcomes.

She said the typical diet of Ngarrindjeri people, which included hunted meat and fish and bush tucker such as saltbush, was typically low in carbohydrates and high in fats.

“It’s definitely worked in the past. I mean, look at how many thousands of years that we survived in the country. We didn’t need a research person to tell us it works,” she said.

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