Why are low carb diets good for people with type 2 diabetes?

Updated: Jul 25

Many people choose low-carb eating help them lose weight, manage their blood sugar levels and control their type 2 diabetes.

Why? It's proven to work, it's filling and one of easiest diets to follow.

What is a low carb eating?

Following a low-carb diet means limiting the amount of food you eat that are that are high in carbohydrates (carbs) e.g. rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and highly processed sugary drinks and snacks.

How many carbs should you eat?

Whilst there are some very low carb/keto diets out there, a healthy diet should always include all food groups.

That's why most doctors recommend that people who have type 2 diabetes and need to lose weight should follow a low carb diet that includes around 50-130 grams of carbs* per day in order to lose weight and manage their blood sugar healthily.

Which carbs should you eat?

The 50-130 grams / day of carbs you eat each day should come mainly from 'whole' and 'complex' carbs, rather than 'refined, simple carbs'.

  • Healthy Carbs ('Whole' and 'complex' carbs) - e.g. brown rice, whole wheat pasta, fruit and vegetables (bananas and sweet potatoes) and beans, chickpeas & pulses. These healthy carbs are also naturally high in fibre, vitamins & minerals and are lower in cals - making them much more 'filling' the refined, simple carbs.

  • Unhealthy Carbs ('Refined' and 'simple' carbs)- e.g. fizzy sugary drinks, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, white bread, sweetened breakfast cereals. These foods tend to be highly processed and lack fibre & essential nutrients. They also usually contain added sugar which can cause spikes in blood glucose levels, and because they are easily digested carbohydrates, make weight gain more likely.

The science

  1. *The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) "Lower carbohydrate diets for adults with type 2 diabetes".

Expert support

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