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April 9, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;98(15):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730410029009

The question of low or high fat diet and of low or high carbohydrate diet in the treatment of diabetes is not yet settled in the minds of the majority of men who treat diabetes. On this question it may hardly be said that there is a "safe middle ground." Since either view is the opposite of the other, one ought to make certain about which mode of treatment is the better of the two. Recent literature,1 however, indicates a positive shift in the direction which some physicians, who believe in the lower fat diet, have been advocating.2

The accompanying chart covers an analysis of the course of treatment in 150 selected cases. These were chosen out of a large group because they were of the satisfactory type of patients who follow their diets carefully, who check the urine and have tests of the blood sugar done regularly

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