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SACN Consultation on Lower Carbohydrate Diets for People with Type 2 Diabetes

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) had published a consultation on its draft report on lower carbohydrate diets for people with type 2 diabetes.

A comprehensive review of existing systematic reviews and meta-analysis was conducted by a joint working group comprising members of SACN and members nominated by Diabetes UK, NHS England, the British Dietetic Association, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of GPs.

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 (sugar) 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

The consultation opened on 5 March 2020 and closes 30 April 2020.

You can access the draft report and supporting documents on the website.

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