Research Shows Small Improvements Make Big Difference
It is a well known fact that being overweight or obese increases the chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Doctors have long said that reducing weight helps to lower a person's risk for getting this potentially fatal condition. Now, a new study conducted by scientists in the United States has found that making a small number of alterations to your diet can help achieve this. Researchers were able to show that the risk was lowered independent of weight loss.
The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It looked at the health of 69 overweight people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Each of them were given just the right amount of food needed to maintain their current body weight with only minor changes in weight being taken into account. This included small reductions in the levels of fat and carbohydrates eaten in a week.
At the conclusion of the study, those people who have been on a lower fat diet showed significantly greater insulin secretion and improved glucose tolerance. They also have a higher insulin sensitivity which meant that they had a reduced risk for diabetes.
The findings of the study showed that people who want to minimize the risk for diabetes should consider keeping their daily consumption of fat to around 27% of their diet.