High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets currently promoted to aid weight loss and control of blood sugar may be harmful to diabetics because they increase inflammation and the risk for heart disease, according to a new study presented at the Society for Endocrinology 2012 Conference.
According to researchers at the University of Warwick, all people display increased blood levels of endotoxin, a bacterial fragment that enters the bloodstream from the gut and is associated with inflammation and heart disease, following the consumption of a high-fat meal. However, individuals with type 2 diabetes are exposed to more than twice as much endotoxin per high-fat meal compared to those without.
For the study, researchers compared the effects of high-fat diet in 54 people. The team monitored blood endotoxin levels for four hours, comparing baseline and post-prandial levels. Although average levels of endotoxin increased for all participants, type 2 patients rose from 5.3 to 14.2EU/ml…
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