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..
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.