This is a really great (and quite common) question! Thanks so much for raising it.
You make a very good point. If my body is more sensitive to a nutrient, shouldn't I avoid it? The answer is 'it depends'.
There is alot of emerging research about the best dietary management of insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. Alot of this research indicates that reducing carbohydrate intake is an important part of the solution, but that does depend on what your orginal carbohydrate consumption is like. Individuals consuming a high to moderate carbohydrate intake (which is about 60% or more of their energy coming from carbohydrates) see improvements in insulin resistance when they reduce to a low carbohydrate intake (about 40% of energy from carbohydrates)
This, however does not mean a NO carbohydrate diet. It is amost impossible to eat a no carbohydrate diet because even non-starchy vegetbales contain some carbohydrate.
This most significant improvement to insulin resistance is seen with weight reduction (about 10% of body weight has a marked improvement on insulin resistance) and the most sustainable way to lose weight is through a consistent eating pattern. It is very difficult to be consistent with a very low carbohydrate diet, so including some low GI carbohydrates can be beneficial in achieving healthy weight loss and improving insulin resistance
To figure out what the optimal level of carbohydrate intake is for you, it's best to speak to an Accredited Practising Dietitian.
I hope this is helpful and if you would like to chat further please don't hesitate to contact me.
Clare Wolski, APD
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