The hypocaloric diet in type 2 diabetes - déjà vu

Caroline Day, Clifford J. Bailey

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Dietary modification is considered a cornerstone in the management of diabetes superimposed upon which are pharmacological therapies as required. The value of hypocaloric diets in reducing and eliminating glycosuria was extolled in the pre-insulin era. A common feature of the nutrient balance of these diets was restriction in the availability of carbohydrate. Herein we review the use of diet as therapy in the past and discuss the rationale for hypocaloric dietary management of type 2 diabetes in the 21st century, drawing comparisons with bariatric surgery and considering why weight loss is particularly difficult for overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • hypocaloric diet
  • diet
  • glycosuria
  • history
  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • weight loss


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