Sunday, July 29, 2007

Please Stop Feeding What Your Diabetes Wants--Carbohydrates!

It's time for some straight talk for anyone who is suffering from diabetes, particularly the Type 2 version. Whether you realize it or not, there is an incredible opportunity for you to be able to come off of your drugs and insulin with a natural, dietary approach to treating your disease (which Men's Health columnist Adam Campbell brilliantly wrote about late last year).

While there is no outright cure for diabetes once you get it, this method for taking it on has been very impressive for the brave diabetic men and women who have taken the plunge and tried it for themselves. What is this wondrous, even miraculous "cure" for diabetes? It's what I like to call livin' la vida low-carb.

The fact is low-carb living is SAVING lives even as some rather grim statistics were released by the health commissioner of America's largest city--NEW YORK! Look at this because it is a microcosm of what is happening across the United States:

- A half million adult New Yorkers diagnosed with diabetes.
- Another 200,000 have diabetes but don't yet know it.
- Mortality rates from diabetes rose 75% since 1990.
- 80 percent tested their blood sugar, but only 16% knew their number.
- $6.5 billion dollars spent on diabetes care in NYC alone in 2006.

You can read the entire dismal report for yourself here, but it is quite obvious this is an issue that has gotten completely out of control despite the efforts of leading diabetes health groups like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) who are recommending eat the same high-carb diet the rest of their family eats (and this idea is promoted in new diabetes books like this one as the way to go). YIKES!

Let's be perfectly clear here--diabetes is not to be played around with feeding it gobs and gobs of carbohydrates. That's EXACTLY what it needs to survive and thrive. If you want to defeat diabetes, then the best way to do that is to see what triggers blood sugar and insulin spikes (something the incredible Dr. Richard Bernstein has touted for decades).

Hmmm, what could that be?

Oh yeah, IT'S CARBS! Not just sugar and white flour, but also starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn as well as those so-called "healthy" whole grains. No matter what kind of label you put on it, all of these foods will be recognized by the body as sugar and act accordingly.

For diabetics, this is dangerous!

The intolerance to carbohydrates is why carbs are so toxic for people with diabetes. And yet we see the ADA STILL recommending upwards of SIX SERVINGS OF CARBOHYDRATES A DAY while greatly reducing their fat and portion sizes (and they have completely vilified saturated fat as the great evil in the diet!). Are they TRYING to kill diabetics? Veronica Atkins said in my interview with her recently that the ADA has their "head in the sand."

This continuing support for diabetics to eat carbs in such high quantities by the ADA runs counter to much of the most up-to-date research out there today:

- High-carb diet raises insulin, blood pressure
- High-carb, low-fat diet ineffective for people with hyperinsulinemia
- High blood sugar leads to Alzheimer's
- Swedish researchers show low-carb treats diabetes
- Dr. Eric Westman from Duke uses Atkins to reverse diabetes symptoms
- ADA presented with low-carb diet evidence, but ignore it
- UK diabetes study finds carb-restriction controls the disease

Dr. Richard Feinman from SUNY Downstate told me in my interview with him last year that he believes the ADA is trying to subtly back into supporting livin' la vida low-carb in light of all the evidence without admitting they were wrong.

"I have seen many patients who were heading for disaster and who have turned their disease and their lives around simply by avoiding foods they cannot tolerate: carbohydrates," Dr. Feinman explained.

But leave it to the ever-exciting, quick-witted Dr. Mary C. Vernon from Lawrence, Kansas and current president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (be sure to read my blog interview with her from 2006 as well as listen to my podcast interview with her from earlier this year) to NAIL this point.

"This simple, effective approach could reverse the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes," she predicted. "Patients should at least be given a choice of a non-pharmacological approach."

She's talking about livin' la vida low-carb, of course! And this is the biggest rub--why wouldn't the ADA want an all-natural treatment for Type 2 diabetes if their motivation is to actually help people with the disease? With serious questions about the safety of using diabetes drugs like Avandia looming large right now, isn't it time the ADA rethinks their position on the use of low-carb diets to control diabetes? There's no doubt that they should!

Let's voice our concerns as a low-carb community that cares enough about the future of diabetes treatment in this country to share the latest research into this disease with those who are supposedly the primary source for educating diabetics.

You can reach the ADA by telephone at 1-800-DIABETES (M-F, 8:30am-8:00pm EST), by mail at American Diabetes Association, ATTN: National Call Center, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, or by e-mail at We need to make our voices heard on this issue because it's too important to just keep ignoring.

Eventually, as Dr. Feinman says, the ADA will HAVE to embrace the controlled-carb nutritional approach to diabetes management. Sooner or later, it will come!

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Blogger Borgesian said...


On January, 2007, I had my lab results after showing some diabetes II symptoms:

A1c: 13.6%
Fasting BGL: 400
Tryglicerides: 2000+

Male, Age: 38
Weight: 77 kgs (the onset of the disease brought me down from 81 to 77 kgs in 2 months time).

On seeing this numbers, I started dieting and exercising immediately. Lucky for me, because I didn't know it then, the diet I was following was low-carb.

On May, 2007, my numbers were:

A1c: 5.4%
Fasting BGL: 97
Tryglicerides: 78

Weight: 68.5 kgs

My BGLs are always much lower, below 90. But for some reason, around the day of the May test they had gone a little higher.

I eat 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates, and feel much better and with more energy the whole day, while eating a lot, and maintaining my weight (ok, I'm lying: I'm still losing weight!).

I still think that the weight control part relies a lot on my counting of calories, but the low BGLs and general change of mindset are a result of both a low carb diet and lots of exercise.

So I can say that low-carbing does help a lot to control Diabetes II. At least it has helped me.


7/30/2007 3:37 AM  
Blogger Ladyred56 said...

Hey Jimmy! I would love it if you would go and talk to my Mom about this!! ARGH!!!
She thinks my diet is silly but she has been following the MDs advice about this for years. What has it gotten her?
Hmmm let me see
Peripheral Neuropathy
Poor eye sight
Out of control Blood Sugars
and probably a few other things she has not told me about.

I have tried and tried to make her see that still eating sugar even though her Dr says she can in moderation is slowly killing her. I should say that it is not even slowly anymore she has had many many problems in the last year or so but refuses to think it is anything to do with her diet.

7/30/2007 7:06 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

It's hard to argue with the evidence, although many in the medical profession have been doing their darndest. :(

7/30/2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

WOW, Borgesian!!! Now THAT is what I call RESULTS. I'm so happy for you and wish you continued success as you keep on livin' la vida low-carb!

7/30/2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger follmercarolyn said...

This is a great article, Jimmy.

My friend (Type II) had a stroke at the age of 55 because of high blood sugar. I have been educating her on
how carbs affect your blood sugar.
Of course, her dietician is all for the ADA or even carb counting..which is 150 carbs a day.

Well, she stays with me for a couple of weeks a year and we eat Atkins all the time. Her blood sugars always drop each time she is here. So, I think she understands that white things are not her friend.

Plus, I cook great LC baked goods.
There is a great recipe thread on
Lowcarbfriends..We all make wonderful yummy things.

Keep up the good work..:)


7/30/2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

One of these days, Carolyn, your friend will be two and two together. THANKS so much for your comment! :)

7/30/2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger melodiegale said...

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this blog, but I did want to share a real life success story that relates to this article. Several years ago a friend and employee of ours became quite ill. He was approaching middle age and not terribly overweight, maybe just 30 lbs. He had the habit of drinking a 6 pack of regular Coke a day. It was no surprise when he went to the doctor, and was diagnosed with type II diabetes. No surprise to me at least because it runs in my family.

Of course he was frightened and struggling to keep his blood sugar under control, was on oral meds and the typical ADA diet given to him by his doctor. He wasn't doing to well. I was talking to him one day and happened to mention that I had put my dad on low carb diet. My dad is also diabetic and insulin dependent. Within 2 days he went from 23 units of insulin down to 3 - 6 units. I explained to him how all carbs are used by the body as sugar.

He immediately embraced the "low carb lifestyle" along with his oral meds. The next time he visited his doctor, the doctor was astounded by his numbers. He actually became the poster boy (and I mean this literally) for the diabetes meds company. Well the bottom line is, credit given was not where credit was due. My friend has since discontinued his diabetes meds and his blood work is completely normal without them, however, when he slips from the "low carb lifestyle" he numbers reflect his disease once again. While he can live nicely without the meds, he can't live without the lifestyle. And by the way, he lost the 30 lbs. and then some.

I remember once reading an article on diabetes, it may have been written by Adrew Weil, in his article he stated that maybe type II diabetes is not a disease at all, but an alternative metabolism, that does not do well with a modern day diet. Food for thought.

7/30/2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger Cutie said...

very insightful...thanks for sharing!

7/30/2007 10:52 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for sharing your amazing story with us, Melodie, and WELCOME to my blog. Stick around a while and comment often. We're HAPPY to have you here.

7/30/2007 10:54 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Glad to see you, Cutie! The evidence is so clear it just amazes me how the smart people treating diabetes can continue to ignore the preponderance of the evidence staring them right in the face!

7/30/2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger melodiegale said...

Thanks Jimmy,

I've been lurking for a long while. I've found whenever I'm doing low carb research on Google, all roads lead to "Jimmy". Thanks for this great blog. Look forward to hanging out with y'all.

7/30/2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger The Bunnell Farm said...

The 'mindset' in the medical community that hybrid fruit and hybrid vegetables and hybrid grains and hybrid lentils are healthy foods is astounding! Our governments position is the same. The great sugar 'phantom' is not seen, much less understood. We low-carbers have become aware of these dangerous facts in our quest for weight loss quite accidentally. Now all of these medical 'experts' and government 'experts' need to realise that we laymen are on to a very important truth! That 'all sugar is destructive' and that 'all sugar is the same'! Our natural diet contains very little sugar. Our man made diet contains lots and lots of sugar!

7/30/2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger wifezilla said...

Great article Jimmy. Diabetes runs in my family and so does high blood pressure. I was headed the same way until I started low carb. My blood pressure has already gone from 147/90 to 136/75 in only 2 months.

Between low carb and cinnamon (also good for regulating blood glucose) I don't need to worry about becoming another Type II!

7/30/2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Great article Jimmy! Going to print and give to my dad!

7/31/2007 11:48 AM  

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