Working in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Dunaief was the lead author for a study evaluating the potential efficacy of a HND (high nutrient density) diet with type 2 diabetes.
The study was a small retrospective case series involving 13 patients, who were required to be 90% compliant with the diet.
Even though it was limited in size, the results were encouraging and reached statistical significance. 62% of the participants reached non-diabetic levels (HbA1C of less than 6.0%) during the study period. There was a mean decrease in HbA1C of 2.35%. In addition, participants experienced a reduction in the mean number of overall drugs from 4 to 1. Blood pressure also dropped substantially, from a mean of 148/87 mmHg to 121/74 mmHg, and triglycerides were reduced to normal levels. Participants’ BMIs were also reduced significantly.
Dr. Dunaief presented the results of this study at the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging’s 2010 conference, sponsored by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
The study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine.