Thursday, June 15, 2006

This Is Why Diabetes Can't Be Cured Yet

The Diabetes Food Pyramid pays no attention to low-carb solution

The numbers are staggering -- 73 million Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic and the trend is expected to get worse and worse in the coming years. You've got people like NBC's "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper out there urging diabetics to "step it up" to get serious about getting their blood sugar controlled.

In the meantime, several prominent new studies out of Duke University and from Sweden have been released in the past week concluding that a low-carb diet is the most beneficial nutritional approach for treating people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes.

So you can imagine my surprise when I came across something called the Diabetes Food Pyramid. Just like the government-recommended MyPyramid, this one is allegedly how diabetics should be eating in order to help control their disease.

But a closer look at this pyramid reveals the horrifying picture of carbs, carbs, and more carbs! The ADA is pushing diabetics to eat more servings of potatoes (CARBS!), breads (CARBS!), cereals (CARBS!), beans (CARBS!), and starchy veggies (CARBS!) than anything else. Sure, sweets that contain sugar are naturally discouraged, but what about the process that the body goes through converting those carbohydrates that are "recommended" into sugar for the body that can cause blood sugar to go haywire?!

Then, on the next level up on the Diabetes Food Pyramid, you've got such carb-loaded sugary foods like bananas, grapes and apples. While it could be argued these are "healthy" for you because they have natural sugars in them, sugar is still sugar and will cause problems for diabetics.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) should stop claiming to be an advocate for diabetics until they can start making wise recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes to follow. No wonder Dr. Mary Vernon says the food pyramid is more about protecting the agricultural industry and not about public health. When are the ADA and other diabetes advocates going to begin taking the health of these people seriously enough to provide them with the information they really need to control their disease? I'm waiting...

This is precisely why diabetes can't and won't be cured anytime in the near future.

Labels: , , , ,


Blogger Newbirth said...

Oh my gosh! That's horrible. Probably one reason why my Dad fasting blood sugar is about 175. :-p

6/15/2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

The Diabetes Food Pyramid pays no attention to low-carb solution? You mean The Diabetes Food Pyramid pays no attention to nutritional science!

And, by the way, has not done so since the late 1930's... when we already knew how to properly and effectively treat this condition.

Magnificent stupidity... that's the best description...

6/16/2006 3:07 AM  
Blogger sami said...

came across your article in my google news personalized page for keywords related to Science/Pakistan - the direct link is:®ion=&topic=t&ie=UTF-8

just want to mention a couple of things, wikipedia is also blocked - and try - its invite only but you may get one in a couple of weeks

best wishes

6/16/2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

speaking of diabetes, check out dr. furman's nonsense site ( he continues his attacks on low carb diets and dares to promote his "eat to live" fat and meat phobic diet as a diabetes solution.


6/16/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I am a man who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2001. Once I recovered from the initial blow, (it seemed like a death sentence), I started searching for a way to control my blood sugar without drugs.Quite naturally, I turned first to the ADA. I found that they would be happy to sell me a diet plan, for a hundred bucks ir so! I was immediately suspicious of a "charity" that was so brazen in its greed, so I kept looking. A week or so later, I happened to pick up "The New Diet Rvolution" by Dr. Atkins, and browsed through the chapter on diabetes. It quite literally saved my life. I have been living low carb for five years now, and my blood sugar has remained stable, at normal, non-diabetic levels. (Below 100). I sincerely hope that the word gets out to all my fellow sufferers, but frankly, I am not optimistic. The ADA is a lot more into ammassing wealth than they are into helping diabetics. There is a lot of money to be made selling the ignorant populace a lit of cheap, high-markup cereal based foods than can be made by encouraging to eat right and be healthy. But you keep on pluggin' away. You are reaching some, and they in turn will spread the word to others. The truth will out, eventually. Ben

6/18/2006 4:15 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I am so outreaged. My mom is diabetic,and when I tell her the way she is eating is wrong, she says,"The dietician said..." I tell her I dont care what the dietician said. So sad that she listens to them cause they are "experts". These experts are responsible for a lot of needless deaths. Including my mom, I'm sure. :(

6/18/2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Show her the proof, Beth! Show her the scientific proof that you are right. And demand that the dietician does the same. Guess what? The dietician can't - as they have no proof, not a shred. All they have is politically correct theories and paradigms. Science is on YOUR side - and that's the truth.

6/18/2006 11:57 PM  
Blogger The Princess Mom said...

Anyone who has eaten a big plate of pasta and had to take a nap after should realize that carbs affect your blood sugar just as much as ice cream does.

My mother saved herself from a diabetes diagnosis for five years by eating low carb, but she fell off the wagon and is now medicated and trying to manage her blood sugar through the "recommended" high carb diet. Not surprisingly, it's not working very well, which the doctor blames on her lack of compliance. Yet she will not even consider going back on low carb, depite the fact that it's proven to stabilize her blood sugar, because she wants to please her doctor. I understand that she's scared and she wants the doctor to be the expert who knows what to do to save her, but his wrong-headedness is not helping,

6/19/2006 9:47 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home