Cut bread and potatoes from your diet to reduce Type 2 diabetes risk

Cutting carbohydrates such as bread and potatoes to just 10 per cent of your diet could stop people from developing Type 2 diabetes, an expert has advised.

Prof Joan Taylor, from De Montfort University, warned that most people were already on their way to developing diabetes by their 30s, but said simple changes in eating habits could stave off the deadly condition.

Current NHS guidance recommends that carbohydrates should make up just over a third of a balanced diet, but Prof Taylor said that was too high.

Speaking at the British Science Festival, she said that cutting food such as bread and potatoes could result in people losing weight – a good thing for reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes and returning glucose levels to normal.

The professor of pharmaceutics said: “Bearing in mind that the NHS recommendation is about 35 per cent, if you can cut it down to 10 per cent then not only will you lose weight, which is a good thing for metabolic syndrome and Type 2, but your blood glucose comes down to normal.”

‘Most people are at risk’

According to Diabetes UK, in 2021 some 4.1 million people were living with a diagnosis of any type of diabetes. An additional 850,000 had undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Prof Taylor said many people in their 30s are beginning to put on weight and trigger metabolic syndrome, the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

She added: “Most people are at risk. It’s only the slim, athletic types that stay like that into their 30s and 40s that are not. That’s an amazing thing, really.”

Diabetes UK reports that, if nothing changes, 5.5 million people in the UK will have diabetes by 2030.

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