Researchers in North Adelaide, Australia report that high blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetics are caused by eating a diet high in carbohydrates, not fat.

Diabetic children with the highest blood levels of triglycerides and the bad DL cholesterol ate the most carbohydrates and the least saturated fat, and have the highest levels of HbA1C, a blood test that measures a diabetics susceptibility to nerve damage, kidney failure, heart attacks and stokes.

This study shows that diabetics should avoid foods that cause the highest blood sugar rises after meals, that cause the highest blood levels of HBA1C. It is more important to avoid foods made from flour and with added sugar, than to avoid sources of saturated fats such as meat, chicken and whole-milk dairy products. According to his study, a diabetic diet should avoid bakery products, pastas, and foods with added sugars.

Dietary Fats Do Not Contribute to Hyperlipidemia in Children and Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes. David Loshak. Diabetes Care 2003;26:5:1356-1361.

Checked 8/9/05

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