Hello- I'm health professional with a husband who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year. I want to congratulate you on a fantastic informative site with information that makes complete sense. I attach a link to a documentary you will find really interesting if you haven't already seen it . 'CEREAL KILLERS' I have a specific interest in nutrition and was convinced that the solution to blood sugar control was diet. When I started my nurse training in the 80s I remember that diabetics were advised on restricting carbs and measuring grams per day. I was surprised that the NHS DEAL course did not even explain the GL GI or go into detail regarding the optimum diet plan. It was all very basic. The more research I have done into the low carb life plan the more disillusioned I have become with the lack of information given to newly diagnosed diabetics. I have seen people ( type 2) in my clinics who have been diabetic for years and just assumed that it was a progressive condition and they could eat what they like ; if there was a problem their medication would be changed or increased. You will always find some people who are extremely motivated to take control of their own health- these people need to be empowered with the knowledge to do so. Others sadly can't be bothered to make the effort and want the medical profession to solve the problem with medication- no amount of information or support can really help until they change that mindset. I believe that with the right support everyone is capable of change but sadly the NHS is not where the solution is. I have seen the positive change in my diabetic patients who have taken back control and seen the benefits of a low carb diet plan and the resulting weight loss and improved glycaemic control. I am not a diabetes specialist but the problems I see in my clinics are often associated with diabetes. As an NHS employee I cannot recommend any diet plan but I can give my patients ( type 2) the links to do their own research and make their decisions about their own Health with the support and monitoring of their GP or practice nurse. So many have not even been given any test strips to monitor their blood sugar- it's incredible. Once again- well done for the much needed information. I will be giving your website address to my patients and my husband will following a low carb diet from now on. Kind regards,
Monday, 30 June 2014
Just when I think I am out I am pulled back in !
Regular readers of this blog will have noticed I have not been posting much lately. Over the years I have posted countless thousands of blog posts and comments on diabetes forums etc. I wanted out some time ago, I hung around to see this blog hit a million page views. When that happened I thought I had repaid the people that helped me over six years ago, and thought I would disappear into the woodwork. Walking away is harder than I thought it would be. Yesterday out of the blue the email below came in, email address and full name supplied. Looks like our website and blogs are still helping people and the website lowcarbdiabetic.co.uk will carry on for some time to come. Eddie