Webinar: Thursday, 12 October 2023

Carbohydrates, insulin resistance, nutrition and exercise: An update

In this lecture Prof Noakes will introduce the world's first medical textbook on the low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. This textbook, edited and compiled by the Noakes Foundation in Cape Town and written by more than 60 of the world's leading experts and practitioners using the ketogenic diet, establishes that the ketogenic diet is the most studied and most effective diet currently described. It works because it removes the root cause of ill health in those with insulin resistance - which is the insulin-raising effects of high carbohydrate, grain-based diets full of ultra processed foods.

Prof Noakes will also touch on recent publications showing that carbohydrates are not essential for superior athletic performance and will end with an explanation of why the human body actually uses carbohydrates as a fuel. The explanation first presented in 1971 by Dr George Cahill, who completed the first metabolic studies of prolonged fasting, will surprise most people. But understanding this helps one to understand exactly why type 2 diabetes mellitus develops in those eating the modern and biologically inappropriate human diet. And therefore why the successful management of type 2 diabetes mellitus can only occur with attention to the patient's dietary choices.

Presented by
Prof. Tim Noakes

Prof. Tim Noakes

  • Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town
Timothy David Noakes (born 1949) is a South African scientist, and an emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of several books on exercise and diet. He is known for his work in sports science and for his support of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF, Banting) diet, as set out in his books The Real Meal Revolution and Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs. He is also the author or co-author of more than 500 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, with more than 15000 citations and an H-index of 66.

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