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Food for Thought: Diet Makes a Big Difference

KEY POINT

Diet is one of the basic lifestyle elements to address in preventing or treating diabetes, but two recent studies add a new dimension to just how far clinicians might go with dietary interventions. One study shows that a ketogenic, very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) provided benefits in teenagers with type 2 diabetes, while a second trial explored in adults the positive effects of a diet originally designed to lower blood pressure.

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Willi SM et al. Treatment of type 2 diabetes in childhood using a very-low-calorie diet. Diabetes Care. 2004;27:348–53.

Ard JD et al. The effect of the PREMIER interventions on insulin sensitivity. Diabetes Care. 2004;27:340–7.