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Low-carb Diets May Help With Pre-Diabetes, Weight Loss

Low-carb diets are popular for weight loss, but they may affect men and women differently. A recent study suggests that low-carb diets may help men lose more weight and women see better improvements in artery flexibility.


Participants in the study included 20 middle-aged people who had a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is characterized by having higher than normal blood sugar levels. The participants were given carb-restricted meals provided by a nutrition center for two weeks and then given meal planning instructions for another two weeks.


Over the four-week study period, the men lost 6.3% of their body weight, compared to 4.4% for the women. The women also had a reduced blood flow speed of 1 meter per second, compared to no changes for the men.


Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on May 10, 2018, in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

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