A low-carbohydrate diet might have benefits for those people who are prone to developing Type-2 diabetes even when they don’t shed any weight, suggests a recent study.
The study was conducted by the researchers of The Ohio State University in order to determine what really happens to the obese people having metabolic syndrome when they follow a low-carbohydrate diet but don’t lose any weight.
The study involved 16 men as well as women having metabolic syndrome. The health conditions which lead to metabolic syndrome mainly include high sugar level in blood, excess fat around waist, high blood pressure as well as triglyceride levels. Nearly a third of US adults have metabolic syndrome, as per the American Heart Association.
They discovered that over 50% of the participants did not immediately meet the criteria meant for developing metabolic syndrome after a 4 week low-carbohydrate diet.
According to the senior author of the study, Jeff Volek, a human sciences professor at Ohio State, restricting carbohydrates even without shedding pounds helps improve an array of metabolic issues.
The participants experienced a host of improved health benefits after having the low-carbohydrate diet, specifically reduced levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. The researchers further reported about improved blood sugar and increased efficiency for fat burning among the participants.
However, as the study does not suggest the long-term health benefits as well as challenges of opting low-carbohydrate diet, the researchers note that further long-term study is needed to reach to a conclusion.