Low Carb Diets – Beneficial of Not?

A debate was held at the conference around the issue of low carb diets for people with diabetes.

Carol F. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RDN, spoke first, arguing in favor of diets consisting of moderate, high-quality carbohydrates.

Dina Hafez Griauzde, MD, countered that very low carbohydrate diets are more beneficial for people with diabetes, primarily type 2 diabetes.

Both speakers based their arguments on published evidence but agreed in the end that discussion with patients about individual dietary preferences should play a major role in the ultimate decision.

Advocacy Action: Is there a consensus or a continuing debate in your country? Whatever the answer there are policy implications in such areas as food labelling, public health advice and many other areas.