This post contains a one page downloadable printout that you can bring to your doctor or other healthcare professional which summarizes the American Diabetes Association’s new clinical recommendations concerning the use of low carbohydrate diets for adults with Type 2 Diabetes and is based on;
(1) the ADA’s October 2018 joint Position Statement with the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) which approved use of a low carbohydrate diet of <130 g of carbohydrate/day (<26% of daily calories as carbohydrate) as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for adults with Type 2 Diabetes . You can read about this position statement here.
(2) the ADA’s recently released 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – Lifestyle Management  which includes the use of low carbohydrate diets as Nutrition Therapy and which reflects the organization’s emphasizes on a patient-centered, individualized approach. You can read about the updated Standards of Care here.
This one-page printout has the references that the ADA used to support their recommendations so that your doctor or other healthcare professional can verify them and summarizes the conclusion of the American Diabetes Association  that a low carbohydrate diet may result in
(a) lower blood sugar levels
(b) lower the use of blood sugar lowering medication
(c) is effective for weight loss
References include the one-year study data by Virta Health  which used a ketogenic approach (<30g carbohydrate/day), as well as two other studies [4,5].
Click here to download the one-page printout to bring to your doctor or other healthcare professional.
DISCLAIMER: This handout is intended for information purposes only and is not affiliated with the American Diabetes Association in any way.
UPDATE (April 18, 2019) – There is now an updated one page downloadable printout that summarizes the American Diabetes Association’s new Consensus Report of April 18, 2019 regarding the use of a low carbohydrate eating pattern of 26-45% of total daily calories as carbohydrate and the use of a very low carbohydrate (ketogenic) eating pattern of 20-50 g carbohydrate per day for the management of pre-diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes in adults. It is available by clicking here.
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- Davies M.J., D’Alessio D.A., Fradkin J., et al, Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Diabetes Care, October 2018, https://doi.org/10.2337/dci18-0033
- American Diabetes Association, Lifestyle Management Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2019. Available at: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/42/Supplement_1. Accessed: Dec. 17, 2018.
- Hallberg SJ, McKenzie AL, Williams PT, et al. Effectiveness and safety of a novel care model for the management of type 2 diabetes at 1 year: an open-label, non-randomized, controlled study. Diabetes Ther 2018;9:583—612
- Saslow LR, Daubenmier JJ, Moskowitz JT, et al. Twelve-month outcomes of a randomized trial of a moderate-carbohydrate versus very low-carbohydrate diet in overweight adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus or prediabetes. Nutr Diabetes 2017;7:304
- Sainsbury E, Kizirian NV, Partridge SR, Gill T, Colagiuri S, Gibson AA. Effect of dietary carbohydrate restriction on glycemic control in adults with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2018;139:239—252