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Diabetes Drug Could Offer Low Carb Diet in a Pill

Published on October 15, 2013,

Andreas Eenfeldt, the Diet Doctor, has a fascinating post on his blog on a new drug that has been developed and approved in the European Union as a diabetes treatment but which he suggests is, in effect, a low carb diet in a pill. This is from the Diet Doctor..

Various pills

Various pills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forxiga is a new drug for type 2 diabetics that lowers blood sugar, lowers weight and lowers blood pressure.

How does it work? Forxiga blocks the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys. This leads to the excretion of glucose – up to 70 g per day may leak out into the urine for people with diabetes (less for people with normal blood sugar).

So the result may be the same as if you had eaten 70 g less carbohydrate that day. This results in lower levels of the hormone insulin. And the effect – lower blood sugar, blood pressure and weight – is exactly what you see in studies on low-carb diets.

The decrease in long-term blood sugar (HbA1c) is significant. But, this is not the exciting part – many diabetes drugs lower the blood sugar this much. The exciting thing is that most other diabetes drugs (especially insulin) have weight gain as a side effect. Forxiga does the opposite…

The Diet Doctor goes on to outline some of the side effects of Forxiga and suggests how it only makes sense once someone is are already eating a low carb diet. Interesting development though.

More at:  Low-Carb Diet in a Pill – A Good Idea?

Must Watch Video: The Cholesterol Campaign And Its Misleading Dietary Advice

Published on February 18, 2013,

This video is of a talk given last month by Danish doctor and researcher Uffe Ravnskov about the misinformation that has been spread for years by those who believe that saturated fat results in higher cholesterol, and higher cholesterol results in greater heart disease and mortality. The so called ‘evidence’ is reviewed and suggests the reality couldn’t be more different. Dr Ravnskov is not the most fluent English speaker but the information he presents is startling and worth 30 minutes of anyone’s time…

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In a nutshell, Dr Ravnskov asks and tells us:

Is there evidence that too much saturated fat raises cholesterol? No

Is there evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease? No

Is there evidence of a correlation between cholesterol and heart disease? No

Is there any evidence that high cholesterol causes heart disease? No

Is there evidence that lowering cholesterol (e.g. through medication) reduces heart disease? No

Is there a correlation between obesity rates and the amount of fat consumption? No

Is there a correlation between obesity rates and the amount of protein consumption? No

Is there a correlation between obesity rates and the amount of carbohydrate consumption? Yes

Are the obesity and diabetes epidemics a direct result of the misleading cholesterol campaign? Yes

More information from Dr Ravnskov is on his website

Thanks to the Swedish blog My Fatty Story for highighting the video.

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