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Diabetes UK’s statement on today’s NOF report

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The National Obesity Forum and Public Health Collaboration have issued a report today on obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

In response, Douglas Twenefour, Deputy Head of Care at Diabetes UK, said: “The government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition considered a huge volume of evidence on carbohydrate intake last year and concluded that whether you got your calories from carbohydrates, proteins or fats has no effect on your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“We know that you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, and that is best done through a diet that includes foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, dairy, pulses, oily fish, nuts, and is low in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages and refined grains.

“Diabetes UK has reviewed the evidence on low-carbohydrate diets for people with Type 2 diabetes who want to lose weight, and while they can help some people, there is no consistent evidence that low-carbohydrate diets have an advantage over other diets in the long term. We recommend that lots of evidence-based diets including low-carb, Mediterranean, low fat or very low calorie diets can work to help people lose or manage their weight. The evidence suggests that the best diet is the one that an individual can stick with, and for many people, eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best option.

“For people with Type 2 diabetes, we recommend that setting goals for carbohydrate intake is an individual decision that should be taken between a person with diabetes and their diabetes team as alterations to medication may be required.”

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