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May 15, 2014 06:28 AM EDT

Low-Carb Diet Reduces Inflammation in Type 2 Diabetes Patients, Study


Besides promoting weight loss, a low-carb diet also helps in lowering inflammation in patients of type 2 diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the Linkoping University, Sweden.

For the study, researchers compared low-carbohydrate diet with the traditional and recommended low-fat diet over a two-year-period in 61 patients, who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The researchers found that only patients who adopted a low-carb diet displayed lower inflammatory levels, while no changes were observed in the low-fat diet group. However, both the groups were associated with similar weight loss, around 4 kg.

"The clinical trial resulted in a similar weight loss comparing low-carbohydrate diet and low-fat diet, but only the low-carbohydrate diet had a favourable impact on inflammation in patients with type 2 diabetes," the researchers said in a statement.

The study was reported in Annals of Medicine.

Besides low-carb diet, yoga has also been found to reduce inflammation. The physical condition causes several diseases including Alzheimer's, cancer, strokes, diabetes and obesity, Atkins reports.

A recent Ohio State University study established a relationship between yoga and decreased levels of exhaustion and inflammation in breast cancer survivors. Researchers said that practicing yoga for three consecutive months benefits cancer survivors. They added that the more they practiced, the better the results would be.

Inflammation resulting from cancer treatment makes a person weak and can cause various health issues including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.

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