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Friday, 30 December 2016

Diabetes can be prevented and reversed with carbohydrate restricted diet, says UAB expert

According to a new comprehensive financial analysis reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and The Washington Post diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on healthcare in the United States.

U.S. spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled $101 billion in 2013, and has grown 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the country's No. 1 cause of death, researchers reported.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor of Nutrition Barbara Gower, Ph.D., conducts research on diet composition and disease risk and says that diabetes can both be prevented and reversed with a carbohydrate restricted diet.

Type 2 diabetes can be managed with diet alone in many cases.  However, this message is not getting to the patients; they are told to take drugs.  A clinic at UAB treats diabetics with a diet that dramatically reduces carbohydrates. In most cases, patients can eliminate all medication.

"They are thrilled to stop injecting insulin, and they question why "no one ever told them" they could control their diabetes diet alone," Gower said. "The conventional advise to diabetics is to eat carbs, and then inject insulin - or take other drugs.

Why do this?

"The medication is needed because diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance; if the patient does not eat carbs, they do not have to use medication," she said.

"I use the 'cigarette' analogy. We know it is bad to smoke, so we tell patents not to smoke. Why don't we do the same thing with sugar and processed starches?  The excuse I hear is that 'people won't stop eating sugar and starches.'  However, by the same analogy, we could have thrown up our hands and said, 'people can't give up smoking.'"

"We need to treat diabetes like lung cancer and COPD; all of these diseases are preventable with lifestyle," Gower said. "Further, even with established, long-term, type 2 diabetes, it can be managed with diet. It is not impossible to eat a low-carb diet that is healthful and satisfying. We do it all the time, and we teach our patients to do it. They love it.

"Carbohydrates are not essential nutrients for the human body, and with proper instruction, patients can adjust their diets to minimize them."



~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have some close family members that suffer from diabetes and I try...and TRY to talk to them about their diet. I can't believe someone would rather take drugs than eat a proper diet but obviously...they would! It's so frustrating to try to help people. Thanks for the info you share! I'll pass it along! Happy new year, Diane

Conniecrafter said...

I know it is sometimes harder to give up the food than it is the smoking, but still I don't understand why they don't talk about that first as treatment, and let the people know that is what needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

What is that saying? You can lead a horse to water but they may not drink it?
Guess that is similar to knowing that carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels, showing folks the better foods to eat for their condition and then they still choose carbohydrates. I shake my head. Just don't make sense. But don't give up some do choose to eat correct foods and go on to live better healthier lives with no diabetic complications. Ted

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Both of my parents had type 2 diabetes and refused to follow a proper diet, believing all they needed to do was take a pill. It damaged their cardio-vascular and my Mother died of heart disease and my Father died of dementia after a quadruple bi-pass. I am determined to eat healthy and avoid their fate, but so many just ignore good advice. Thank you for sharing all the knowledge with us. Happy New Year! xx Karen