Fasting blood sugar and insulin levels could determine what foods help you lose weight
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There may soon be a way to know if a diet will work to help you drop weight before you ever go on it.
It's not likely going to mean you don't have to eat healthy foods, but a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says you could soon have an easier way to know more about the best combination of food that might work best for your body--especially if you are at risk for diabetes.
Researchers in this study compared three different diets, and then tested people for two biomarkers in the blood. One of those markers was a fasting blood sugar level. The other was a fasting insulin level.
These biomarkers were apparently really good at helping determine the best diets for people who had diabetes or who were at risk for it.
In people at risk for diabetes, more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables helped them lose the most weight. This lowers calories.
In those who already had type two diabetes, they found a diet high in vegetables and plant foods, as well as good fats, that was low in carbohydrates, helped them lose the most weight. This lowers calories but mainly calories from carbs.
So here's the way to apply this: Get a fasting blood sugar check at your doctor's office.
If they say it's close to being too high, losing weight may be easiest if you eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
If the number is already high, try oils and avocados, food lower in carbohydrates, and lots of vegetables.
Losing weight when you have or are at risk for diabetes can help you stay well and reduce the odds for complications later in life.