In my opinion the dietary information for diabetics presented on BBC radio 4 'Food Program' here was extremely poor. The program gave a very clear indication why the epidemics of obesity and the often linked type two diabetes continue unabated. It is also my and many high profile medical professionals opinion, no improvements will occur, until the likes of the BDA make substantial changes in their dietary recommendations for diabetics.
Is it any wonder the NHS audited statistics for diabetics make gruesome reading year after year. Diet plays a huge part in diabetes control. Until the BDA change their dietary recommendations, the carnage will go on. So bad has the reputation become for dietitians in the US, a breakaway group called 'Dietitians for Professional Integrity' has been formed. They state.
"Our efforts are guided by professional integrity. We believe the American public deserves nutrition information that is not tainted by food industry interests. Those of us who co-founded Dietitians for Professional Integrity are nutrition experts first and foremost; we went to school to help people achieve better health through food, not to help multinational food companies sell more unhealthy products." Link to Dietitians for Professional Integrity here.
Could it be a matter of time before we see the same in the UK? BDA dietitians have informed me in the past, they are not allowed to sell any products, but only a cursory check on Google, reveals many well known BDA dietitians with links to what many consider junk food companies.
Results for England. The National Diabetes Audit 2010-2011
Percentage of registered Type 1 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol) = 92.6%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 71.3%
HbA1c > 10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 18.1%
Percentage of registered Type 2 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol = 72.5%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 32.6%
HbA1c >10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 6.8%
These results are very similar to those obtained in previous NHS audits over the past 5 - 6 years. Link to information here.
Jan, it must be so hard for one to stick to a diet when they have Diabetes. I really feel for them. I was reading the delightful poem on your last post about Mondays. You know that song, "rainy days and Mondays always get me down?" Well, I'm just the opposite....I like Mondays, and I love the rain. :~)
Have a splendid week, Jan.
by the way, I like your new comment format. It's so much easier to comment. I have the pop-up comments, which are easy to comment also.
listen and gnash teeth or weep. Ex DUK dietician Azmina Govindji ' Open a can of sweetcorn to have with your ready meal' one of gems 'carbs are not the enemy'
DUK rep - lowcarb short period of time to lose weight, then on about heart disease etc due to high fat and protein. Questions asked re. links with sponsors - Tesco (healthier food choices) Give me a break!
Most public programs dealing with the obesity epidemic are watered down or intentionally downplayed / distorted in my personal opinion.. I don't even go to public networks for sources of information anymore. - www.domesticgeekgirl.com
"Jan, it must be so hard for one to stick to a diet when they have Diabetes."
Hi Sheri, it is the easiest thing in world I can assure. I and Jan have been on a low carb diet for 7 years, and Jan is a very slim non diabetic.
Many so called experts are completely clueless about the science and a healthy diet.
Check out food blog for what we eat on a daily basis, whole fresh foods home cooked and tell me I am wrong.
So many dietitians and medics are on the junk food a big pharma payrolls. They lie for money.
Gingi - thanks for your comment. I agree reports and TV programmes are often distorted. The large 'junk food' industry spend a lot of money on getting us to eat their processed foods and high sugar drinks.
The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to eat whole real fresh foods.
All the best Jan
Many thanks to the two anonymous comments received at 18.15 and 18.17, like the points you've highlighted
All the best Jan
Hi Sheri - I know Eddie has also commented to you. But just wanted to say thanks also for commenting about the 'Monday Monday' post ....
I / We love receiving your comments
Hope you have a great week
All the best Jan
Until authorities recognized that no diabetic medication can match the way the body regulate blood glucose levels that not even insulin can do it. That at the most diabetic drugs will lower A1C 1% to 1.5% if it is high enough. But none alone will provide none diabetic levels in a safe way. And until they admit that the levels they recommend to diabetics to maintain aren't healthy nothing will change.
A lower carb diet is necessary to obtain glucose control since they are the biggest factor in the equation body needs for glucose regulation. And to lower carbs you need to consume more fats to replace them. So until they stop demonizing fat and tell diabetics the real consequences of high blood glucose, about all complications that will lead them to a high suffering premature dead, there will be little change.
Hi Yoly - many thanks for your comment, and as the saying goes I think, 'you have hit the nail on the head'.
I am not a diabetic, but husband Eddie is a Type 2 diabetic. Over the last seven years I have met both face to face and talked to on blogs and Forums to many who are Type 2 diabetics. The one thing that those who have tight control of maintaining good blood sugar numbers and by that I mean those who have numbers in the the 5's, some in the 4's and some in the low 6's have in common is that they fully embrace the LCHF lifestyle. That is they eat low carb, high fat, moderate protein. They do take exercise and they do their best to have a good sleep pattern.
They would also thoroughly recommend Dr Richard Bernstein as first point of call and his excellent book 'The Diabetes Solution'.
Yes, this is my 'humble' opinion but one that I say because of the contact that over the last seven years I have had in meeting, and talking to many Type 2 diabetics.
May I also say that many of those I talk to and exchange emails and thoughts with are Type 1 diabetics, and they tell me that by reducing their carbohydrate intake, increasing the healthy fats and eating moderate protein they do not need so high levels of insulin.
Surely if you are a diabetic (of any type) wouldn't you want to lead a healthier life by reducing any medication? Perhaps I'm stating the obvious but care must always be taken with this in consultation with your health care professional.
Many diabetics do suffer un-necessary complications. In my opinion it would seem (and the NHS stats show) that we are in a far from satisfactory situation here in the UK - and in other countries - as to the prevention and better treatment and advice offered to diabetics ... and like you state "until they stop demonizing fat and tell diabetics the real consequences of high blood glucose, about all complications that will lead them to a high suffering premature dead, there will be little change."
I for one will keep talking about the huge benefits that by living the LCHF lifestyle can and does bring to diabetics but also non diabetics.
Thank you again for taking time to leave your comments - it is appreciated.
All the best Jan
I totally agree with you about some food companies... I cringe when they talk about their low fat foods... I don't have diabetes but when I was severely overweight... the way I lost weight was eating all natural and whole foods... no processed foods even if they were low call... also exercising which needs to be done too... great article ♡
Hi Launna, and many thanks for leaving your thoughts. I have to agree eating natural and whole foods is good and taking regular exercise can only assist with good health.... it's a lovely evening here, I'm off out for a walk!
All the best Jan
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