In a randomized study, a high-fiber diet enriched with Chinese medicinal plants lowered the HbA1c value of type 2 diabetics within a few weeks. The researchers concluded that the Chinese diet is beneficial in type 2 diabetes.
The composition of the intestinal flora is influenced by the type of food we eat. Typically, the so-called Western diet, with its high levels of refined sugars and fats, is said to depress the intestinal flora, according to Liping Zhao of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
A diet rich in fiber promotes the intestinal bacteria diversity
According to Zhao, the high-fiber diet promotes the spread of intestinal bacteria, which degrade indigestible plant fibers to short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
These SCFAs are currently credited with beneficial effects by nutritionists. They are designed to supply the intestinal cells, reduce inflammation, and control the appetite.
A lack of short-chain fatty acids, however, is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
A study has been conducted and it has proven that the Chinese diet is beneficial in type 2 diabetes
14 patients were asked to follow the dietary recommendations of the Chinese Diabetes Association. Also, a control group of 16 people was taught to continue to eat as before.
The participants in the first group were given preparations made from oats, white beans, yellow corn, red beans, yams, peanuts, and lotus seeds.
The study has shown positive effects on the blood sugar levels and HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin – present in a high level in type 2 diabetes patients) which decreased throughout the study period. In the end, 89% of the participants had HbA1c of less than 7% in comparison with the control group which presented hBA1c in 50% ratios.
Scientists studied further and noticed that the diet of the first group conducted to a higher concentration of genes responsible for the proper development of the bacteria known to produce SCFAs.
Thus, the more SCFAs-producing bacteria, the better the metabolism of sugar in the blood function.
In conclusion, the recently used Chinese diet has been proven beneficial in type 2 diabetes patients by enhancing the blood sugar metabolism and reducing the HbA1c value.