New Study Reports that Weight Loss Won’t Help Those with Diabetes Improve Cardiovascular Health? WRONG

Losing weight on the traditional diet for diabetes WILL hasten cardiovascular decline. Let’s repeat this study using a valid weight loss/exercise program!

I believe that the results of this study are very unfortunate and the assuredy with which you have presented them, along with the headline for this study, is disheartening. I believe, in fact I know, that this study’s conclusion is WRONG.
It is true that if weight loss for those with type 2 diabetes is achieved the traditional way….through a low calorie, low fat, low cholesterol, high fiber diet….there will be no improvement in cardiovascular health. I will go so far as to say that there will be cardiovascular damage caused by the traditional diet.
But…if a person with type 2 diabetes loses weight in a way that matches his metabolism, he can achieve tremendous cardiovascular benefits including: lowered LDL, total cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, belly fat, visceral fat stores, obesity, and blood sugar. But the diet recommendation will NOT be a 1200 calorie ADA, low cholesterol/low fat diet. This diet contains about 50-60% carbohydrate and carbohydrate is the ONE macronutrient that those with diabetes cannot handle.
It is a high carbohydrate intake that causes the pancreas to over-release the fat gain hormone in those with the genes for type 2 diabetes. Increased fat cell size leads to increased insulin resistance. Increased insulin resistance leads to higher blood sugar AND higher circulating insulin. High blood sugar and high insulin leads to higher oxidative stress, inflammation, vascular damage, atherosclerotic plaque, amyloid beta plaque in the brain and an increased chance of stroke and heart attack.
So….the diet we have recommended for weight reduction for those with type 2 diabetes did them more harm than good.
The diet a person with type 2 diabetes requires has 3 steps:
8 weeks of a lower carb diet to rest the overworking pancreas and liver, burn fat, reduce insulin resistance.
8 + weeks of re-introduction of low glycemic index carbohydrates in a targeted amount at regular intervals to retrain the body to handle carbohydrate ingestion
Maintenance diet that is BALANCED with equal amounts of healthy carbs, lean protein, heart healthy fat, liberal veggies, high fiber, lots of water, exercise, and a multivitamin + omega 3 fatty acids.
This diet WILL make for a positive cardiovascular profile: normalize cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, visceral fat, liver fat, belly fat, and blood sugar.
Let’s redo the study with the appropriate diet for those with type 2 diabetes. And let’s then report the truth: Those with type 2 diabetes CAN benefit with weight reduction precipitated by the appropriate diet and exercise program.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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2 Responses to New Study Reports that Weight Loss Won’t Help Those with Diabetes Improve Cardiovascular Health? WRONG

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