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Experts Reveal THIS Diet Plan Works Best for Patients with Diabetics

Most people who have Diabetes are advised to stay away from eating foods with a high glycemic index to manage their blood sugar levels. However, a new study has revealed that managing Diabetes is more than just specifying what foods to eat. According to it, an individual, customized, and personalized plan can do wonders for people who suffer from this condition.

The Results

According to Mayo Clinic researchers, the study shows that the diabetic patients who have a customized diet plan based on their genetic background, lifestyle, and microbiome are more effective in regulating their blood sugar levels compared to following a generalized diet regimen that only lets you pick what foods to eat and avoid.

Having a healthy gut is vital to absorb the foods’ nutrients and fibers in your body as well as to manage your blood sugar levels properly.

Having a healthy gut is vital to absorb the foods’ nutrients and fibers in your body as well as to manage your blood sugar levels properly

The proponents of the study further revealed that people might be eating the same type of food, but their bodies respond differently due to their gut microbiome composition. If you have a healthy gut, the foods you eat will be beneficial in managing your diabetes. However, having an unhealthy gut makes it harder for your digestive system to absorb its nutrients to promote well-being.

The Study

Dr. Helena Mendes-Soares headed the research together with her colleagues as they examined more than 327 people for a week. They obtained the patients’ gut microbiome genetic sequencing by conducting stool samples from them. Before the said examination, they asked the participants to have the same set of breakfast by eating bagels with cream cheese. Then, they’re free to eat what they liked for the rest of the day throughout the week.  

The researchers also asked them to record all the foods they eat as well as the exercises they've done every day to monitor their blood sugar levels.

The researchers also asked them to record all the foods they eat as well as the exercises they’ve done every day to monitor their blood sugar levels

After keeping a food diary, Dr. Mendes’ team monitor their blood sugars to develop a projection model and determine how their glycemic index levels respond to the foods they eat. The researchers also add the participants’ lifestyle and age as factors to expand their research.

The Scope

Based on the data they’ve obtained, they’re able to predict the glycemic response on each food the participants eat with a 62% accuracy. Meanwhile, the study yield 40% accuracy on predicting their blood sugar levels based on their carbohydrate intake while the calorie projection yield a 32% accuracy.

However, the scope of the study was only limited to healthy people with no pre-existing diabetes condition. Despite this limitation, the researchers say the findings could be beneficial in managing our blood sugar levels, especially on diabetics patients.

The Recommendation

Dr. Mendes said that their latest findings show that our blood sugar can be regulated more effectively if we consider our genetic makeup and glycemic response rather than focusing solely on foods’ nutritional content. She emphasizes the need to determine our microbiome or gut health as they can be our key collaborators in understanding our blood sugar responses to foods we consume.

Dr. Mendes recommends diabetes patients to work closely with their physicians and nutritionist to formulate a customized and personalized diet plan.

Dr. Mendes recommends diabetes patients to work closely with their physicians and nutritionist to formulate a customized and personalized diet plan.

Dr. Osama Hamdy at Joslin Diabetes Center says predicting glycemic responses may differ for each person. Aside from the proponent’s factors, he adds they should also take into consideration the patient’s gender, ethnicity, their pancreas’ pattern of insulin secretion, s well as their metabolic rate to accurately predict their blood sugar response.

While gathering and examining these factors is a difficult task to do, he’d no doubt pulling an individualized meal plan will help lower the risk of people acquiring diabetes.

The Statistics

According to sources, more than 30 million people in the country have acquired either Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. What’s worse, around 7 million of them are undiagnosed while another 84 million already have a pre-existing medical condition. If left untreated, it may lead to full-blown diabetes.  

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