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2021 included a milestone for the Dietary Science Foundation. For the first time the results of a study that we have contributed to were published. Here’s 2021 in review and some things we can look forward to during 2022.
Time to look at 2021 in review. First and foremost we’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation to the Dietary Science Foundation. During 2021 you have donated almost 140,000 euros to fund high-quality dietary research. This means that soon we’ll have raised the 400,000 euros we’re contributing to the study of diet for type 2 diabetes. Fantastic! Without you, our faithful donors, this study would never have existed. We’ll return to the study, but first a look in the rearview mirror.
We announced the best news of the year in March when the study of diet for fatty liver was published. Finally, we were able to see the results of research we had contributed to! And it was good news: the study showed that a strict LCHF diet and intermittent fasting (5:2) are both effective treatments for fatty liver. The amount of liver fat was halved in both groups and half of the participants were cured of the disease. In comparison, the control group that received traditional dietary advice reduced their fatty liver by only 16 percent and just 8 percent were cured of their disease.
The study’s results are of great import. Fatty liver is becoming more common and causes serious secondary diseases. This past spring Swedish researchers linked among other things fatty liver to a 17 times greater risk of liver cancer. It also increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That’s why effective treatments for fatty liver can extend lives.
In the spring the Dietary Science Foundation started developing a digital platform to spread effective dietary treatments in healthcare. The goal is to give better and more long-term support to people who need to change their diets. Currently, they usually only get to meet with a dietician for about half an hour. They are then expected to change their diet themselves, and many fail.
The platform will include a database with recipes that are proven to help people improve their health. It will also have an educational module where those who need to change their diets can acquire the knowledge they need to be able to make the necessary changes.
This long-term project has occupied us during the year. We’ll launch the first version this spring. To start with, it will be used in the study of diet for type 2 diabetes that will begin after Christmas. The idea is that the platform will help us spread results from the different studies the Dietary Science Foundation has contributed to. Because next year the results of more studies will be published.
During the past year researchers in Bergen, who have run the study of diet for obesity, have analyzed their results and submitted them for publication. Our hope is that they’ll be published sometime this spring.
Next, the first study the Dietary Science Foundation contributed to when we were founded has finally concluded. The study of diet for IBS is the world’s largest study of its kind. In the fall of 2021 the final patient was added to the project. The researchers will now analyze the data. Our hope is that it will be published during 2022 so we’ll be able to see the results.
Lastly, the project where researchers are studying whether the amount of sugar in urine tests can be used as an objective way of measuring sugar consumption is basically finished. According to information the Dietary Science Foundation has received, this study will also be submitted for publication during 2022.
Hopefully the study of diet for type 1 diabetes will recruit its final patient during 2022. The study has been seriously delayed by the corona pandemic. This study can’t finish until 2023 as the researchers are following all the participants for an entire year. But when it does everyone who has contributed can be very proud. There’s a dearth of knowledge about how people with type 1 diabetes should eat to maintain stable blood sugar levels, and the disease shortens the lifespans of far too many people. So the study will contribute enormously important knowledge for healthcare.
As previously reported, the type 2 diabetes study began after Christmas. The plan was for five countries to take part in the project: Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Germany and Sweden. This has changed, with Denmark dropping out and researchers in Australia who will probably join the project instead. Unfortunately the researchers in Germany and Scotland have had a hard time getting funding for their parts of the study, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for them to get good news during 2022.
One thing’s for sure: your contributions to the Dietary Science Foundation make possible projects that otherwise would never have gotten started. Getting funding for dietary research is difficult. We have noted that dietary research is not prioritized by other foundations and research funds. So we’re very proud that the Dietary Science Foundation exists. Every contribution you make, large or small, makes a difference.
Speaking of making a difference, we want to close with a thank you to two people who have volunteered their help for several years. Karin Eldh prints out and sends all the gift donation certificates for honor, Christmas and birthday donation, and Michèle Wilcox helps with the translation for our English site, dietaryscience.org. You’re the greatest!
With that said, we’d like to wish everybody a happy 2022. Enjoy what you eat and let it nourish you. Good food is life!