Most of us have always thought that high-protein diets are the best bet to control diabetes and lose weight, but recent findings suggest that this might not be true.
In order to prevent type 2 diabetes, we need to pay attention to our insulin levels, whereas this condition occurs most often among obese and overweight people.
1. Diabetes Research
A team of researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine discovered that after menopause, obese women lost 10 percent of their total body weight while those who were following high-protein diets experienced no change in insulin sensitivity.
In other words, it means that high-protein diets proved to be not only ineffective in helping these women lose weight, but they also didn’t reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Women who had normal diets with regular amounts of protein experienced a staggering increase of 30 percent in insulin sensitivity.
According to medicine professor Bettina Mittendorfer, researchers expected to see a distinction between these diets, but they didn’t account for the possibility that high-protein diets could be 100 percent ineffective.
It is worth mentioning that the study involved a small number of participants, and this is not the first time experts asked themselves whether high-diet proteins should be replaced. Also, this study is just the beginning of a long-term research that aims to find out the best diet that will apply to both diabetes patients and those at risk.
2. Dietary Solutions
Other types of diets proved highly effective in preventing not just diabetes but also other conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, and dementia as well. Among them, the Mediterranean diet is widely popular as scientists have conducted many studies to prove its efficiency.
The Mediterranean diet is rich in healthy-fat foods such as olive oil, and fish just to name a few. People who used this diet proved to lose weight at a faster rate compared with those who were following other types of diets low in fat and rich in proteins.
The answer to this surprising fact lies in the fact that healthy fats will not make you gain weight, whereas the consumption of unhealthy fats from market food is responsible for weight problems.
Also, many experts are currently trying to find the answer to type 2 diabetes as they try to see why high-protein diets are not effective.
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