Sunday, March 18, 2012

Diabetes Diet Damage

The following comment comes to us from a front line medical professional. She sees up close and personal the effects of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) and faulty medical dietary recommendations.

"I see in my job as nurse anesthetic patients (ages 50-65) with DM2 who come to amputate a leg or toes. DM2 has ruined their body totally, arteries, eyes, kidneys (several of them [are] in dialysis), heart etc. When I ask then about diet, they (all of them) tell [me] they followed it as told, some of even say the doctors told them they can eat anything as long they take pills and insulin shots. And the result of this diet is dialysis, heart attacks, amputations........My husband's uncle died in DM2 complications blind, amputated, in dialysis. Who takes responsibility when these people die far too early only because totally wrong diet ? Nobody !!!??" - Mirva P.

Since diabetes is a disease of improper blood sugar regulation, it makes total sense to base your diet on foods that have a minimum impact on blood glucose levels. Those foods would include meat, full-fat dairy, leafy greens, and healthy natural fats like coconut oil, lard, and butter. Instead, this is what medical professionals tell diabetics to do:
  • ADA: Drink non-fat milk, eat small amounts of lean meat, eat tofu or low-fat cheese, eat whole grains, and that potatoes, low-fat crackers and other low-fat snacks are fine at every meal in small amounts.
  • NIH: Their website incorrectly claims that, along with fruit and starches, "...vegetables, and milk groups are highest in carbohydrate. They affect your blood glucose levels the most." They then recommend people with diabetes eat most of their food from the grain group.
  • Mayo Clinic: They recommend "...a healthy-eating plan that's naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone." They also go on to proudly show their complete lack of knowledge about the endocrine system by saying "When you eat excess calories and fat, your body responds by creating an undesirable rise in blood glucose. "
There are plenty more examples of horrible dietary advice out there, but these three organizations are the heavy weights. That fact that they don't understand that sugars and starches raise blood sugar, that fat without sugar CAN'T make you fat, and that eating foods like whole grains and fat-free food will spike your insulin levels through the roof is criminal.

I take that back. They DO understand apparently. This is from the National Institute of Health. The same people who think dairy foods and vegetables are highest in carbs and want you to eat plenty of whole grains.
"Glucose, a simple sugar, provides energy for cell functions. After food is digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin, which directs the muscle and fat cells to take in glucose. Cells obtain energy from glucose or convert it to fat for long-term storage." (more)

So what is really going on here? Why tell diabetics to eat things that spike blood sugar and insulin knowing this will cause damage? How can they not connect the dots and just tell diabetics "sugar and starch = bad". Are they trying to keep people dependent on medicine? Are they incompetent? Were they bought off by Big Grain and Big Pharma? Are they criminally insane? I really can't explain it, but maybe Heinlein can.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice. - Heinlein's Razor

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