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Low-carb diet may help with diabetes

KARLSHAMN, Sweden, June 14 (UPI) -- Researchers in Sweden say a follow-up study of patients on a low-carbohydrate diet showed stable improvement and reduced need for medication.

Dr. Jorgen Vesti Nielsen, of Blekingesjukhuset, had previously reported on 16 obese patients on a 20-percent carbohydrate diet over six months.

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In the follow-up study, published in Nutrition & Metabolism, patients -- after 22 months -- continued to show improvement in hemoglobin A1C, a marker for long-term blood-sugar levels in diabetes.

The study also reports that seven patients who immediately switched to a 20-percent carbohydrate diet from a low-fat diet in the earlier study also showed improvement.

"It is a small study, but it is the longest of its kind and it shows people coming off medication and improving their glycemic control," said Dr. Richard Feinman, a professor of biochemistry at State University of New York's Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

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