Degree Name

Master of Science (Hons.)


Department of Public Health and Nutrition


Although there is agreement that diet serves as the cornerstone for the management of insulin resistance and NIDDM, the most appropriate diet strategy in the treatment of diabetes remains to be completely established. Several dietary approaches have been proposed in an effort to overcome these complications of which a high-carbohydrate/lowfat, a high monounsaturated and a low glycemic index dietary regimens have gained popularity. However, concerns have been raised on the metabolic efficacy of these dietary approaches. The suggestion that these dietary approaches in isolated forms or in combined forms could be the solution remains equivocal. In order to investigate the efficacy of these approaches, large scale multi centre studies are required, but before undertaking such a major study, a pilot study is needed to help answer the practical questions involved in implementing these diets particularly in a free-living environment. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the feasibility and achievability of these four dietary approaches in their isolated forms namely high-carbohydrate/low fat diet (HCLF), low glycemic index diet (LG), high monounsaturated fat diet (MF) and in their combined form [high monounsaturated fat and low glycemic index diet (MFLG)].