In hope to find new methods through which diabetes patients can lower their blood sugar, Dr. Louis Aronne, Sanfor I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research and a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, are concentrating on the order of food in diet which, according to them is very difficult to change in people who have a particular type of eating habits.
The aim of the study is to provide an easier and less dramatic way than completely cutting certain food items off the list.
Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but if you tell someone not to eat them – or drastically cut back, it’s hard for them to comply.
The study was conducted using 11 obese patients who had type 2 diabete, they were given metformin, an oral drug that controls sugar levels. All 11 were given a meal compromising of cibatta bread and orange juice, chicken breasts, tomato salad and steamed broccoli with butter. So they were given carbohydrates (juice), protein (chicken), vegetables(broccoli) and fats lettuce.
They were given the meal twice a day on two different days of the week.
When they ate their carbs 15 minutes before the rest of their meal, patients’ glucose levels were much higher than when they ate the meal in the reverse order. When patients ate their vegetables, protein, and fat first, blood sugar lowered up to 37 percent.
“Based on this finding, instead of saying ‘don’t eat that’ to their patients, clinicians might instead say, ‘eat this before that,'” Aronne said. “While we need to do some follow-up work, based on this finding, patients with type 2 might be able to make a simple change to lower their blood sugar throughout the day, decrease how much insulin they need to take, and potentially have a long-lasting, positive impact on their health.”