Lower carbohydrate diets for adults with type 2 diabetes: draft report

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published a consultation on its draft report on lower carbohydrate diets for people with type 2 diabetes and is inviting comments on the scientific content by 30 April 2020.

SPS commentary:

Following a robust, systematic assessment of the available evidence, SACN’s draft conclusions are:


  • for body weight, there is no overall difference between lower and higher carbohydrate diets in the long-term (at or beyond 12 months)


  • for blood glucose levels, lower carbohydrate diets may have benefits over higher carbohydrate diets in the short term, but their longer-term effects are unclear, based on the evidence considered.


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